One important thing to note is that we don't really see this as a competition with the other families. In the end, we know that every family that gets picked will do an amazing job of parenting their little girl or little boy which is what matters. This is really just a way to pass the time and come up with pretty data-based graphics to entertain us in the meantime!
Now on with the pretty graphics and bar charts!
First up, we have the statistics for the entire pool. I tallied up the number of adoptive families in the waiting pool at the start of the year in January and just yesterday. Over the month of January, there was very little change.
*One important note with these stats is that we use the current profiles displayed on the OA&FS website. Sometimes the website does not show immediate updates, but this is what we will use to establish these stats.
One breakdown we did last time around was the number of adoptive couples in each orientation grouping. Admittedly, we tended to compare ourselves the most with other gay adoptive families in the pool. That doesn't mean we think we'll be picked by a birthfamily that is only looking at gay couples. It's an easy metric for us to follow. Also, with 90 families in the pool, it's a lot easier to skim through 21 profiles than all 90!
So, there we have it. Our first Waiting Pool statistics post shows....almost nothing. January was a slow month and the only change was adding one straight adoptive family to the pool. Future posts will likely show more action, but this goes to show that the world of adoption can be incredibly unpredictable. Some months there will be 5+ families going through adoptions. Other months will be quiet ones like January. With some luck, February will be a more active month as I know there are 90 wonderful entries in the waiting pool.
Now, given that today is February 2nd and Super Bowl Sunday, I need to end this post appropriately...