Last Friday, we recieved a call from American Adoptions informing us that we had been selected by a birth mom in Tampa, FL. Her baby will be full African American and the gender is unknown. Her expected due date is June 26th. On Monday, we signed our match documents and sent our fees.
Okay, calm down now!
As much as we would love to start imagining our life with this new little person, it is important for us to keep the proper prospective. Being selected and now in a match means there is a mother in Florida who feels that she is unable to parent her baby at this point in her life. She has decided that she likes our family because we have a positive attitude toward adoption and have already adopted a child of another race. We have told her, through her birth parent specialist, that we are willing to joyfully welcome her baby into our family.
We have told her that we are willing to prepare and be ready to travel when she goes into labor or delivers the baby so that we can be there if she needs us. If, when she is discharged from the hospital, she decides that she still would like us to parent her child, she would sign consent papers and we would be responsible for the care and nurturing of this precious little person. In Florida, consent is binding upon signing, so once the papers are signed they are sent to the states for interstate approval.
Then we would wait 7-14 days for clearance to travel home.
Florida is a great place for us to travel, as we have friends in both Tampa and Orlando, but we don't know if this is the child God has chosen for us. Mike explained to the boys that is was like being called up from the minor leagues. Being chosen doesn't mean we will see any playing time, or that it will amount to a full-time career, but we are ready to do our best when we are asked.
Should we sent back down to the minors, the most of the funds would be rolled-over within American Adoptions and we go back to waiting for a match.
Please pray for this mom as she is making decisions for her baby. May she be granted peace and assurance and that God would be guiding her steps.
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