Since our February totals, 11 brand new families have joined the pool and 7 families have left the pool. There were also 3 families that re-entered the pool which resulted in a net gain of 7 families for the month.
Why would families re-enter the pool?
This feels like a good opportunity to feature a question some people might have about the waiting pool. Why would families leave the pool and then come back into it later? There are 3 main reasons that this would happen:
- New home
- Taking a break
Of these, the first one is one that is always a possibility for any adoptive family. An adoptive family can be "chosen," leave the waiting pool, and prepare for a baby to be placed with them. During that time for a variety of reasons, there can be a disruption. It can cover a large range of things with one main example being that a birthfamily opts to parent the child.
The other two reasons are entirely on the adoptive families. If a family moves to a new house, then that means their homestudy would need to be updated. (Luckily, Andy and I are settled in our home and won't be moving anytime soon!) The last is that sometimes other families want to take a break. It could be a breather after being in the pool for a while, or some families might travel out of the country on vacation and decide to remove themselves from the pool for a few weeks. That's definitely not required, but it could help some families relax a bit more and enjoy their trips!
Back to the Waiting Pool Stats
Time for our last chart which builds on previous data by orientation. Nothing earth-shattering here as the only changes are an increase in straight families and a sizable jump in single adoptive parents from 3 to 6. Still, no news is some news as it shows a fair amount of consistency!
If I get more time for next month's post, I'll try to skim through all of the profiles and draw stats on which families have at least 1 child already or simply who has pets.