Well we're more then half way there. Sabrina's over four months old, and the adoption becomes final when she turns six. Right now she's laying on the bed next to me screaming her head off. Not crying or unhappy at all. As I posted earlier, she's learned how to scream and is currently enjoying herself doing it. This has been going on over an hour now. She's apparently thrilled with herself that she can pull this off. That makes one of us. Her other new habit is trying to master the Bronx Cheer. Such a lovely child.
Anyway the adoption. Today we had a visit from our social worker. We have four mandated visits during the process; after today we only have one left (September's). Our SW is really nice and very easy going. You can tell she really cares for children. She is the same person who did our homestudy last year so she's very familiar with our case. Today's visit lasted about an hour, and consisted mostly of just me bringing her up to date on Sabrina's progress, and us swapping stories about our Labs (she is very active in Labrador retriever rescue; see link to the side of the page). The only drawback is this pleasant little hour costs $330. Just another adoption expense!
Our next visit will be towards the end of September, after which our SW will write and deliver her report to the IAC in California, who will forward it to the court. Once Sabrina turns six months old on October 18th, it will be off to L.A. for our finalization hearing with the judge. Once that's complete, Gregg and I will officially and forever be her parents. Her original birth certificate will be destroyed, and a new one issued with our names on it. I wonder who will be the Mother?
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