Gonna be honest and admit that we have done pretty much squat for the adoption since our training a few weekends ago.
I am torn between being frustated with our lack of progress and giving ourselves a break.
From the beginning, we knew it would be a lot of paperwork. Really. I mean, even after our home study is done, there is even more paperwork for the international dossier – we received that paperwork yesterday. For now, all I will mention with regards to the dossier is that the government of South Africa makes you jump through all the hoops.
All of them.
This weekend D and I attended our first training session for our adoption. Our local agency requires 10 hours for all home studies. They prefer that as much of the training as possible be done in-person vs. online seminars, which are also available. We would also like to do our training in person because we can ask more questions, hear back from other prospective adoption parents, etc. The local agency warned us that their international-specific classes tend to get cancelled due to low enrollment, but did recommend a toddler-centric class since that is the age range we’re looking to be approved for. We enrolled immediately and got quite a bit out of it.