Rob and I have always discussed having more than 1 child.....(don't get excited, that's Adrien's cousin, our newest niece)....Having Adrien home has solidified that for us in a number of ways. First, it is so much fun (yes, and stressful) being a parent, watching your child learn, explore the world, discover their likes and dislikes and growing as people. Second, we want a sibling for Adrien, as Rob is an only child, he shares his desire for siblings....someone who knows the inside jokes, someone who has been there forever, someone who Adrien will have as family once Rob and I have left this earth.....family.....Third, our family doesn't feel finished yet....someone is missing....another member.
With adoption, the "rule" is that once a child has been placed, the adoptive parents have to wait 18 months before they can reactivate their profile. Our 18 months is up November 28! For us, that means that it will be 3 years since our homestudy has been approved and we will have to update it, getting police checks and medicals done again. And for the agency, it means that we have to do PRIDE training as at the time we did our parenting course with CAS, PRIDE was not mandated yet and as our SW was walking out the door after our LAST visit, she casually tossed over her shoulder that we would have to do the training before we could proceed with a second adoption. Me, being me went to the internet because I KNOW that doing PRIDE through CAS is difficult, the classes get filled up fast, infact, last February as she was leaving, I was asking her to enroll us in the VERY next one, which she said she couldn't...blah blah blah....so I checked out private PRIDE trainings....$1400.....WHAT???that's CRAZINESS?????? So I contacted the CAS that the boy came from asking if they had a session soon that we could get into as we can not become ACTIVE until both our homestudy AND our PRIDE training is complete....(note to self...contact her again...just had an idea)
So the point to this is that we applied AGAIN yesterday for our second child and heard back that we have been enrolled in the Spring 2011 session of PRIDE training.....because if you can see the joy in my son's face as he holds his cousin will tell you he needs a sibling. He loves his two baby cousins, always wanting to hold them and make sure they are ok..... so rollercoaster ride #2 here we come....hold on tight cause I think this one is going to be a L-O-N-G ride....again......
Love from Dee at 7:19 AM