So what does this mean? It means that as soon as they get and process them, we will be assigned a social worker from El Paso (our homestudy agency is in Austin, TX – our international agency is in Oregon) to come and visit us.
Basically make the decision if we would be fit parents for another child. And look at the house, talk to both of us, I’m assuming meet Bella. We also go through 10 hours of Hague training. I have no idea how long this part takes or how many visits she’ll need to do, but we are SO excited for this part to be done. Once we are, we fill out a form called an 1600A (Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition), then wait for our referral of a child.
Wait – what?
Yep. When we initially did our application (before we got approved for Korea) we said we’d be willing to take a sibling group. Little did we know that they don’t place differently aged siblings from Korea (it might just be our agency). They only place twins.
When she told me that on the phone a few weeks later my heart skipped a beat.
I have no idea what the chances are, but we decided to leave the door open for that possibility. They would never replace Preston and Julian, and we don’t have that expectation, but wouldn’t that be amazing? We were so mentally prepared to add two more to our family. This would be different as they won’t be newborns, but after what we’ve been through, we have no doubt we could handle it all.
No matter what, we will be thrilled for one or two. THRILLED.
Sending our paperwork off was such a huge step for us in this process. I’m so excited to see what happens next and to move forward a little closer to heading to Korea where our little one (or two) waits for us.
Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption in progress on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances.
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