Foster/Adoption

We started looking into Foster/Adoption in 2006. We received our Foster license on October 17th, 2007 on October 22nd we got a call that a little boy was born the day prior and would we “like him?” Carter came to live with us on October 23rd, 2009 and was adopted on July 15th, 2009. On October 8th, 2008 we received a call that Carter’s sister was born the day prior, we picked her up from the hospital on October 9th. We are still in the process of her TPR/Adoption. It has been a crazy struggle but with two beautiful outcomes.
Here is my account as best as I can tell so far…granted I have left out a MINIMUM of twice a month visits from social workers, the number of social workers we have gone through since starting (at least 5 to date), the unexpected changes in the system like case workers scooping the kids up and taking them in for exams (yeah, that was after a death of a child in foster (actually kinship) care) to the doctors where we were not allowed to go with them. Let’s see, oh yeah and cst meetings and more Perm plan meetings…

Timeline:
January 10th, 2007 $100 deposit and paperwork submitted for Private Homestudy
January 15th, 2007 1st of 2 Private Homestudy meetings
January 30th, 2007 2nd of 2 Private Homestudy meetings
February 20th, 2007 Foster/Adopt Meeting
March 3, 2007 Adoption Seminar “Here and Back”
March 10th, 2007 “Adoption Touches Every Heart” seminar, dealing with loss
June 11th, 2007 TB test for Private Homestudy
June 12th, 2007 1st Foster meeting at our house with CSSW
June 26th, 2007 2nd Foster meeting at our house with CSSW
June 27th, 2007 Adoption seminar “Stress and Families”
July 9th, 2007 CSSW interview with me (Anne)
July 10th, 2007 CSSW interview with Staci
July 24th, 2007 1st of 12 Foster training modules (required classes)
July 26th, 2007 2nd of 12 Foster training modules
July 28th, 2007 3rd & 4th of 12 training modules
July 31th, 2007 5th of 12 training modules
August 2nd, 2007 6th of 12 training modules
August 4th, 2007 7th & 8th of 12 training modules
August 7th, 2007 9th of 12 training modules
August 9th, 2007 10th of 12 training modules
August 11th, 2007 11th & 12th final training modules
October 17th, 2007 Licensed for Foster/Adoptive Care

Carter:
October 21st, 2007 Carter was born
October 22nd, 2007 Got the call from CSSW about a baby boy (Carter) do we want him
October 23rd, 2007 Carter came home!
November 21st, 2007 CHIPS Hearing
April 17th, 2008 TPR hearing
April 18th, 2008 TPR & Permanency Hearing
July 25th, 2008 Summary Judgement Hearing
July 31st, 2008 Birthmom filed intent to appeal
October 21st, 2008 Carter’s 1st birthday
November 21st, 2008 National Adoption Day, might be able to adopt Carter today…Nope
February 6th, 2009 Court of appeals affirms TPR decision
March 19th, 2009 30 day deadline to file to the Supreme Court for TPR appeal…none filed
May 20th, 2009 Court Pre Petition for two women to adopt
July 8th, 2009 Court to find out if Judge will hear our case
July 15th, 2009 ADOPTED! Both of us adopted!

Zoe:
October 8th, 2008 Got the call that Zoe was born on 10/7/08
October 9th, 2008 Picked Zoe up from the hospital, brought her home
December 5th, 2008 Deposition
January 21st, 2009 Court about some cousin possibly taking Zoe
July 8th, 2009 Perm Plan
August 20th, 2009 TPR Petition
September 29th, 2009 New TPR date
February 11th, 2010 Pretrail TRP
February 15th, 2010 Jury Trail for TPR

April 2010 New Pretrail TPR date

May 2010 New Jury Trial for TPR date
October 4th, 2010 TPR granted for Zoe!

December 9th, 2010 Zoe adopted! Only one of us allowed to adopt.

December 25th, 2010 we move whole family to California where we can apply for Domestic Partners and do a simple step parent adoption allowing BOTH of us to be legal parents.

March 3, 2011, registered Domestic Partners with State of California

April  11th, 2011, file paperwork for step parent adoption.

June 24, 2011, Zoe’s adoption via step parent is official in California. She is officially BOTH of ours.

October 13th, 2008 Carter and Zoe’s three year old sister gets adopted to her family she has lived with since 2 weeks old

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