We are going to adopt a child from foster care here in the US. When you adopt out of foster care you have to complete PATH training, which stands for "Parents as Tender Healers". This is a 30 hour education and self-assessment process which will help us understand the feelings of grief and the loss that children can experience. It also helps us identify our family strengths and in what situations we can most successfully parent. Some of you have asked us lots of questions about the process, but we do not, yet, know a lot of the answers. Here's what we do know:
- We want an older child (8 years old, max)
- No preference of gender
- No preference of race
- We're open to adopting siblings (no more than two)
- We're open to a adopting a child with mild learning disabilities, and of course, speech-language delays
In the meantime, please keep us in your prayers, as this is going to be a long, tedious process! Hopefully this time next year, though, we'll have our very own precious child! Until next week...