Hi there, newbie here! Nice to meet you all We had our initial visit last week now waiting to hear if we can proceed to application! We think the visit went well, nearly 2 hours! Apparently the SW decide as a team so staying calm she didn't tell us we could proceed there and then! Keeping fx I can continue on this thread!
We've been a bit sidetracked the past few weeks. I had an interview for a job (didn't get it) , then I had a fall at work and then ofsted! Hoping to get in touch this week with some la's though.
Hope you don't mind me asking but I was reading at the beginning about some of you trying to lose weight. Do sw's try and crack down on it or do they just want to see you're trying? I was bmi 33 but haven't checked for a while. Did lose a lot before though (5 stone) and I am quite fit. It's my new thing I'm stressing about!
Hi everyone... longtime lurker... just wanted to join your wonderful group.. we are foster carers hopefully being approved to adopt our LO.. we're half way through our assessment which has taken 5 months and go to panel in 7 weeks!!
You have all been a valuable source of information... thank you ....
Inthebeginning hope all goes well. How did you lose 5 pounds? I am not sure about weight, I think they just want to see you are aware of issues and you are trying but I am not yet an adopter so best to post a questions for experienced adopters.
Hmm, one agency is playing hard-to-get, which I realise may be a tactic to encourage tenacity, however they are supposed to be much quicker to talk to you in depth under the new system. The people at the end of their phoneline (not SWs) don't know the system at all, I seem to be telling them what's next. Annoying as they have a great Ofsted. I think they've put this number in between the public and the SWs recently and it aint working :-(
Hi all, welcome to new folk, hope the meetings and enquiries are going well! Hope the Home study is progressing well Mrs Ballack, we have found ours very intense, we are now looking at placement scenarios and how we would deal with them. Congrats on your panel date Italian, we are pencilled in for 11th Oct for ours, it is so exciting to finally have a date! Does anyone live in the south west and know of any local adoption support groups?
BTW i am overweight (can't remember the bmi no but size 16 and quite short) and this did not seem to be an issue by the sw, and I put on the medical form the measures i am taking to reduce it and the dr was fine about it in the medical
Hi all, Wednesday night we finally decided to do it and emailed some la's! Emailed 3 and have had responses from two so far. One phoned us and had a very detailed conversation and we are going to an open evening the beginning of September. I know it's the beginning of a long journey but we are so excited to have made the first steps. X
Thanks, Italian. You and I were around here a year ago, you went forward, we waited for a while and now the time is right :-) have been following your journey this past year, glad you are nearing panel.
I know choccy I can't believe that they've moved it to being so quick! One of the La's we spoke to said about it, I don't know why but I'd got it into my head that it was up to individual councils to decide if they followed it so I had tried not to think about it. We were sat last night and dh said "this time next year we could be getting ready to meet our child" lovely.
Ok, spoke to second LA today and have an initial interview booked with them. So that's one info evening and one interview, in the next fortnight, with two LAs. The VA we are interested in has yet to hear from their medical advisor as to whether we're a go-er for them.
I know it's daft but I am more excited than I thought possible about the initial meetings. I will reign it in, honest!
I'm the same choccy! We have a s.worker coming to the house in a couple of weeks and then an evening meeting in September. I don't think I can manage 6 months of this excitement- I'm gong to drive people mad! X
Thansk chocyjules. 'If we sign up in Sept we are supposed to have been to panel by end of Feb!!!' that sounds very fast. We 'signed' up in September and are going to panel in September. I have heard 9-12 months from quite a few people.
We were due to be seen next month which would have made it 11 months.
Having said that we chose not to go on the course in October but to wait until after Christmas, had we been on prep course in October it would have been about 8 or 8 months.
According to be my parent ...
"It takes several months to be assessed and approved. The recommended maximum time length from your formal application is eight months (seven months in Scotland), which means that for most people it should not take any longer than this. However, in some cases it may take longer. If things are being held up, your agency should keep you informed every step of the way."