Foster to Adopt Intro and Questions
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|Sun, 03-18-2012 - 10:12am|
First off let me introduce myself. I am Heather. My DH and I have been married a little over 5 years. DH and I are unable to concieve due to endometriosis. Last year we started the Foster to Adopt process. After our paperwork as foster parents was signed,the caseworker hooked us up with another caseworker in a different county. They had a little girl that was 10 months old that was not TPR'd yet but were possibly headed in that direction. We met her in November and after many weekend visits and some week long vists, the week before Christmas she was placed in our home. Let me tell you we are head over heels in love with this little girl. She has brought so much joy in our lives. It is impossible to think of life without her.
On Valentines day her caseworker came to do his monthly visit and brought the best news in the world. He had filed a TPR the week before against mom. None against dad since they nor she knows who it is. We still have to wait till the end of May for it to go through because they have to give mom a year from the time Lady Bug(Our nickname for her) came into DHS care. He let us sign the intent to adopt papers for her. So now we wait. Mom still has time to turn things around or at least start to. Up to this point she has done nothing at all towards the case plan nor has she asked to see her. Lady bug is 15 months old now and calls us momma and daddy.
My questions are these... After the judge decides to terminate mom's rights, how long does it take before DHS starts the adoption process? What are the next steps after the judge decides this?
We are so anxious and ready for this to be over. We love this little girl and in our and our family's hearts she is ours. After the adoption is final we will close our home. We never really wanted to be foster parents because we knew we were not able to handle having the kids leave.
Thank you so much if you took the time to read this. I would love to talk to anyone who has been through this.