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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:09 pm 
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Your Adoption Connection: We are hoping to adopt through foster care.
Hey!

Been hanging out for awhile and have our first foster to adopt placement and was wondering when I could join the foster to adopt group. No probelm if I need to wait longer, just hoping to join up with others going through the same roller coaster ride. My hands are still up, but the hills are getting steep and the curves a bit un-nerving.


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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:57 pm 
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Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:23 am
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Location: Farm fields of Illinois
Your Adoption Connection: International, foster and private adoption.
Hey JD, good to hear from you!
You mention that you have your first foster to adopt placement! Tell us more about this.....getting on the fully private boards is usually done after you've posted several times and yes, have a finished homestudy. Didn't know you'd finished your homestudy...so congratulations!

Looking forward to reading more about you and your experiences...

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Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:26 pm 
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Hey,

We've had our little one since June! She'll be 2 this Jan. Hard to believe it has been that long and that I haven't been around to chat with all of you! It sure has been one wild roller coaster of a ride and I would love to be able to get on the forum with those fostering to adopt. Not only for questions but just some good old fashioned emotional support. We did complete our homestudy and are licensed as both foster and adoptive parents. Our placement (dear sweet little girl)seemed to come hours after the last class ended! Life has been hopping around here since then. She has almost been re-unified twice, and yet here we still are with her. I'm almost daring to hope that she could remain with us, but it is still way to early in the process.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:10 pm 
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Location: Florida by way of Brooklyn.
Your Adoption Connection: Adopted three siblings in 2003.
Hi JD - good luck with your placement. We adopted through foster care also but we weren't our kid's foster parents beforehand. Like Linny said, access is restricted and to active members who have competed a homestudy, which you said you have so I would suggest posting in the open forum for right now (I know it's a little slow in there, but we're working to pick it back up) until you get moved into the private area. We're going through a bit of remodeling here so bear with us. :smile

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Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:08 pm 
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I'm happy to post a bit in the open forum, but also a bit gunshy. Our trainer and resource worker was hesitant about posting ANYTHING child specific while in they were in our care. :nono I guess other foster parents had either blogged or FB'd or open forumed and what they wrote came back to bite them during the TPR process. The children in question were available for adoption, but not by the foster parents. I would hate for that to happen to us. I would guess that the private forums would stay private, but posting about our situation with our little one doesn't seem worth the risk... as much as I would love the advice and emotional support that I know is available. :sad


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Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:05 pm 
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I don't understand the rules how do I read the foster to adopt boards. I read something about a homestudy how does that work. I'm a foster parent right now but hoping to adopt baby boy soon he has been with us since he was 2 weeks old and he will be 1 yr next week.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:42 am 
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Your Adoption Connection: Starting the process of independent adoption.
Linny and Holly have written some excellent replies to my question already.

I'd be really interested in reading the regular boards (even if only for a day) so that I can learn from everyone's experiences. There are so many things I don't even know to ask yet! There are public boards, but I feel like the adoptive parents here are more realistic and "get it." Like I said, I'd love to adopt domestically but would also consider China, so being able to read either the domestic infant or international board would be great. It's an extremely busy time workwise for us, but we are starting adoption classes soon and then hopefully finish the home study process in a timely way.

Having seen how adoptive parents have to walk on eggshells on other boards, I fully understand how careful the moderators have to be about security. But hey, can't hurt to ask/


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Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Location: Farm fields of Illinois
Your Adoption Connection: International, foster and private adoption.
Urbaneast:

Have you found an agency yet? If so, have you started your homestudy process yet?

Bklyncat:

If you're already fostering your little boy, your agency will provide a homestudy to adopt him because he started out as a foster child in your home. If you were wanting to adopt outside of the foster system (ie private adoptions) you'd need to have a homestudy conducted by a private agency. It's a silly rule as most of the information (if not all of it) is exactly the same. But, the private agency will collect $$$ from you to conduct the private homestudy; while the state foster care system will charge the state at large.

Please feel free to ask any question here. I assure you the member who may have posted or continue to post to the more private forums will be glad to offer help here too.

Sincerely,

Linny

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