Last week, we had our second official meeting with one of the OA&FS counselors (Katie). It went really well and was in a way sort of relaxing. Compared to all of our pre-placement meetings that were all about anticipation, planning, details, money, paperwork, etc., this was a breeze! In essence, we're at the stage where we're just waiting for the legal items to get wrapped up before a court date where we will be granted custody of Dominic. At the moment, he's a ward of the adoption agency during this interim time for the legal stuff to get sorted out. We don't have a court date set yet, but we hope that will find its way onto our calendar in the next 4-6 weeks!
Some other interesting things that came out of our meeting with Katie involve the future adoption steps we might take. With the knowledge that the average waiting period for adoptive families is a little under two years, Andy and I have debated about when to restart the adoption process all over again. The earliest we can get rolling again for the ~6 month paperwork period is in November, or at least 1 full year after Dominic's placement. It's tough to think that far in advance, but here would be the potential timeline for us if we wanted to move as quickly as possible:
- Nov 2013 - Begin adoption process (2nd time around)
- ~6 month paperwork period
- May 2014 - Entry into the waiting pool
- Potential wait time: 0 months to 2+ years
- Average wait time: < 2 years
There's definitely a lot to consider here. For us, we're not going to think too much on this one as we have several months until November as well as Dominic's legal finalization to wrap up.