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MyDogEatsPoop Fri 05-Oct-12 12:28:22

A 'getting to know you' thread, as I'd like to update my spreadsheet wink

I'll kick off shall I?

Started the process with the first (nervewracking) phonecall in June of 2010, Workshop not until July 2011(!), followed by Homestudy a couple of months later.
Finally approved in June 2012 smile
Turned down one link as not suitable, and have a meeting coming up soon to discuss a little girl!

Fishwife1949 Fri 05-Oct-12 15:04:12

I am waiting for the nod to get on to the prep group

Tigglette Fri 05-Oct-12 15:13:01

Just about to go for medical ahead of starting a prep course. So, at the v beginning of a long road.

junowiththegladrags Fri 05-Oct-12 18:51:15

We brought ds home this week!
First phone call to ss nearly exactly a year ago. By some amazing stroke of luck got linked very early and had matching panel a week after approval.

Ds is 9 months old and although it's still very early has settled very easily. I assume it's our honeymoon period you read about but long may it last.
We have a dd who is just three and a little clingy at the moment understandably, but seems to be enjoying her new baby brother.
We're exhausted but very happy.

junowiththegladrags Fri 05-Oct-12 18:59:06

Actually, we had a bit f a longer wait to matching, it was a week from matching panel to meeting ds. Still can't complain too much. Have a lot to thank our fab s/w for.

PheasantPlucker Fri 05-Oct-12 19:18:41

I adopted a wonderful daughter a couple of years back, through a local authority.

Moomoomie Fri 05-Oct-12 19:57:05

I am a very old, comfortable piece of furniture. grin
We went on prep course November 2000.
Panel May 2001.
Dd1 and dd2 came home July 2001, aged two and a half and six months respectively.
Surprise phone call form social services in September 2007 to say birth sister had been born. She came home in December 2007 aged six months.
We are now complete.

Lilka Fri 05-Oct-12 20:11:29

Oh dear, if Moomoomie is old and comfortable furniture, does that make me an old and worn out piece of furniture? grin

Thought about adoption in 1994, homestudy and approval in 1995
DD1 home August 1996, aged 10
Approved again in 2003
DD2 home March 2004, just turned 8
Found out about DS when he was born in 2005, home February 2007, aged 23 months. He is DD2's biological half brother

DGD born May 2012 smile

Good luck with your meeting MyDog and huge congratulations to you juno how wonderful smile

Moomoomie Fri 05-Oct-12 20:48:17

Lilka... It makes you a really comfortable squishy armchair that everybody loves to cuddle up in. grin
Reading that back it sounds a bit creepy, not what I intended!

junowiththegladrags Fri 05-Oct-12 21:21:58

Thank you Lilka. Honestly can't believe how lucky we have been.

Italiangreyhound Fri 05-Oct-12 23:00:26

Went on open evening in June of this year, had social worker visit last month, going on the training in January.

(Have wanted to adopt for about 20 years but seriously been thinking about it on and off for about 5 years.)

Devora Fri 05-Oct-12 23:01:03

I brought home my baby girl just over two years ago smile

BeaLola Sat 06-Oct-12 00:26:49

We became a family in May this year - our beautiful son is 4

HappySunflower Sat 06-Oct-12 00:30:37

We were matched pretty quickly with my little girl coming home 3 months post approval at the beginning of this year smile

Lovesoftplay Sat 06-Oct-12 06:47:09

We brought home our beautiful sons 18months ago smile

First contact with SS October 2009, went to panel in may 2011 due to a massive wait for a social worker as local authority restructuring!!

Bananaketchup Sat 06-Oct-12 14:50:06

First enquired 2009, waited on tenterhooks til early 2010 when I was turned down. Applied again Easter 2011, prep September 2011, panel April this year, approval letter came in May. Am waiting - not so patiently as times goes on - for 2 siblings aged 2-6.

Moomoomie Sat 06-Oct-12 16:40:35

bananaketchup..... How awful to be turned down, good for you for sticking with it and now being approved. Good luck with the perfect match, hopefully the phone will ring soon.

funnychic Sat 06-Oct-12 16:49:38

Applied to my L.A in March 2011 waited 10 months for prep course still non on the horizon so jumped ship to another L.A prep course Jan 2012, approved July 2012 and potentially linked this week!

Happiestinwellybobs Sat 06-Oct-12 17:12:38

Initial enquiry Jan 2011, followed quite quickly by training in April and home study in July. We were approached with details of our DD in Jan 2012 and brought her home aged 10 month in March. We are just waiting for a court date, which seems to be taking forever, after everything else went so quickly for us.

Bananaketchup Sat 06-Oct-12 18:54:08

Moomoomie there was no way I was going to give up - I jumped through every hoop and then some til they agreed to assess me! I'm struggling with the waiting now much more than when I was trying to get my foot in the door tbh. Everyone knows that older children and sibling groups are harder to place, right? Well everyone from my prep who wanted a baby is already matched and it's me still waiting! Adoption is a very funny business sometimes.

Maiyakat Sat 06-Oct-12 20:32:08

I was approved at panel yesterday!!! grin

Devora Sat 06-Oct-12 20:34:11

Congratulations Maiyakat! grin

Lilka Sat 06-Oct-12 20:47:10

Congratulations Maiya!! grin

It's great that there are lots more people on this board now - stick around, it's too quiet otherwise smile

Moomoomie Sat 06-Oct-12 21:06:13

Congratulations. Maiya.
Lots of new faces, let's hope there are more waiting in the wings.

Tigglette Sat 06-Oct-12 21:37:03

Congratulations, that's fantastic news....

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