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We are now officially in Adoption Subsidy negotiations. I received the packet in the mail today. It came just one day after we got an apology letter from the Caseworker. It had been addressed to both us and the Judge apologizing that over the summer the original Subsidy packet had been lost by someone in their Department. (Go figure, it's par for the case) But boy! She must have jumped right on it!

I can't tell you how relived I am to see things moving in the right direction. We had been at stand still for far too long.

What is an Adoption Subsidy for, you ask? Well, to help encourage the adoption of special needs children, federal subsidies were created. A child may receive a federally funded adoption subsidy under Title IV-E or a State funded adoption subsidy. Subsidies may be simply Medical Coverage for the Child. And/Or financial support to help cover the child's daily needs.

Our packet explains that we have several options. We have already decided and will indeed be applying for the Subsidy and have 15 days to get our request and all of the required financial statements and documentation from Doctors, Therapists or other Professionals returned to the State for consideration.

Trust me, I'm in high gear! There is a light at the end of this long dark tunnel after all.

A large envelope arrived in the mail on Friday from Colorado. Knowing it was Adoption related I quickly sat down and opened it with urgency. I'm not sure what I was expecting to find, but let me just say I was quite disappointed. What I found made me want to run to the closest brick wall and bang my head upon it a few times.

Remember all the documents I had to gather and paperwork I needed to do for our Adoption worker here in Oklahoma? I was complaining that just weeks later I found myself doing it all over again for our Licensing worker. For some reason these people can't figure out how to SHARE documents with each other. Well, apparently it must be done a 3rd time... for Colorado.

This is NUTS!!!!!!

I'm pretty pissed off at this point. The paperwork from Colorado also mentions an $800 Home study fee.... um hello? We've already had our home study done- multiple times in fact in both States. We had an Adoptive Home study under our belt when the Judge gave us "Allocation of Parental Responsibilities" and named us as the Adoptive Family. Our Private Agency did that Home study and we do not have to pay for it. One of the benefits of Adopting from the Foster Care System vs. Private Adoption.

Let me tell you, those workers in Colorado are going to get an earful on Monday!!!

Never, never, EVER move while you're in the process of Adopting a Foster Child. It's a NIGHTMARE.

It could be so much worse. That's what I keep telling myself anyway. You see while the family was coming home from Dinner on Saturday night, the car in front of me stopped suddenly. I slammed on my brakes to avoid a collision and the words "Crap" espaped from my lips. Seconds later we hear an angelic voice coming from the back seat. "CRAP!" She wasn't just muttering the word, no. She was screaming at the top of her little lungs. "CRAP!" Of course, the entire car lit up with laughter. It's an automatic response you see. With that brought more "CRAP" over and over. Immediately my husband and I covered our mouths and tried to keep the laughter inside. The brothers in the backseat beside her, not so much.

So you see, it could be worse right? At least it wasn't OH F***! Or S***!


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