Since my last post we have found out that our home study will be approved for three children. That means that adopting the sibling group of four is out of the question. However, we were told if we decided to, the girls could be adopted by themselves. That grieved us, but understanding how difficult it would be to place the children together, we were considering it. However, we received some close-up pictures of the girls which revealed something we suspected. The oldest girl is definitely older than originally presumed. Since experience has taught us that adopting out of birth order is not advisable, we could not, in all fairness to her and our oldest daughter, bring an older child into our home. We are praying that their mother and father will be found very soon.
The baby boy which we were asked about has not yet been relinquished. There is still a "possibility", and our "Dear Birth Mother" letter along with a family portfolio is being presented to her. Our agency also asked us about the "possible" placement of a little boy in California whose family is not able to handle his multi-cultured ethnicity. They know that's not an issue in our family.
AND, if that's not enough possibilities, I received an email from Florida regarding a sibling group, twins born in 2010 and a little brother born 2011. This too is a "possible" placement and one which we will consider if it comes to fruition. The younger child has a hearing/speech impairment which is what we had prepared for with our Colombian princess, and both sides of our family, including Jode's mother, have numerous sets of twins.
In the meantime, we received the "final" copy of our home study today for proofing. With a few revisions it is now ready to be sent to SCDSS for their approval. I'm told this could take up to a month since they are lean staffed. Our dossier is complete except for approved h.s. and immigration approval letter. Once we have those in hand, everything will be sent to our adoption agency.
I've learned this week that anything is "possible" when it comes to adoption. And nothing is final, until it's actually final. It's late and it's been a long week. That's all for now.