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 Post subject: Changing Agencies
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 9:23 pm 
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Location: Forest City, NC
Your Adoption Connection: Pursuing adoption from NC foster care
I finally completed the MAPP classes, but now my agency (local DSS) is telling me it could be a while before they get around to doing the rest of the home study because they are prioritizing foster homes (and I plan to be adopt-only). So, I've decided to transfer my case to Children's Home Society of NC to completely the rest of my home study. Yes, the same agency I had planned to use in the first place but decided to go with DSS instead. The main issue I had with CHS was that they didn't offer any MAPP classes less than an hour away from me, and the times were very inconvenient for me (I would have had to adjust my work schedule, then would have been driving to the classes during rush hour). Now that I'm done with the MAPP classes, it makes sense to switch to CHS to get the rest done.

There is a specific kid I'm interested in who is with CHS, so I'm hoping they'll sort of fast-track my case based on that. When I contacted them about it via e-mail, the adoption supervisor seemed enthusiastic about my interest in this child, so I'm taking that as a good sign. Of course, I can't know if this kid is really my match until my home study is done and I can get all the info on his behaviors and diagnoses, but from what I can tell so far he seems like a good match.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Agencies
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 12:25 am 
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Location: Farm fields of Illinois
Your Adoption Connection: International, foster and private adoption.
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Good for you, Heather! I think youi've made a good choice. Dh and found ourselves in your position once---where foster homes were given more credit than those hoping to go for adoption. I know there's a shortage of foster homes, but I don't understand helping to fast-track an adoptive home when there are tons of children needing to be adopted too, KWIM? (sigh)

But like I said, I think you've made a good choice. Have you considered situations that might be the PRIVATE adoption of older children? I say that, because I also help with the re-adoption of children who've come from homes that have disrupted. While these situations often don't include a stipend, there are more situations like this than you might imagine.

Good luck...and I hope your homestudy is able to be completed quickly!

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Linny

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Agencies
Unread postPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 10:18 pm 
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Location: Forest City, NC
Your Adoption Connection: Pursuing adoption from NC foster care
For now I'm gonna focus on finding out if the kid I'm interested in is my match. If he's not, then I would be open to considering a private situation.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing Agencies
Unread postPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:23 am 
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Location: Hagerstown, Maryland
Your Adoption Connection: I have 3 children, all adopted as older kids.
Cool! I hope the kiddo you are interested turns out to be a good match!

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