Hampton did his interview first and it lasted about 45 minutes. Mine was about the same. I'm not going to give any details on these because they were very personal - but suffice it to say we think they went well. Our adoption case worker is wonderful and she makes me feel comfortable talking to her about anything.
After the interviews, we attempted to schedule our final home visit, which was difficult because Hampton had to check his schedule at work. We are tentatively on for this coming Thursday, December 13. So excited!! I cannot believe how quickly the process has gone at this point. The beginning was all slow and waiting and "when are we going to get to the next part." Now, it's here - we should have an approved home study before Christmas!
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A few years ago at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC.
I will conclude with some adoption lingo. There are certain phrases the adoption world chooses to use to appropriately and accurately express the process and the people involved. Here are some commonly used words and phrases and some appropriate alternatives:
Instead of "real or natural parent" . . . say "birthparent" or "biological mom or dad"
Instead of "real child" . . . say "birth child"
Instead of "put up or give up for adoption" . . . say "choosing adoption" or "making an adoption plan"
Instead of "keep the child" . . . say "parent the child"
Instead of "unwanted pregnancy" . . . say "unplanned, unintended, or untimely pregnancy"
Instead of "find real parents" . . . say "search for birthparents"
Instead of "foreign adoption" . . . say "intercountry or international adoption"
Instead of "adoptee" . . . say "someone who was adopted"
I'm sure there will be more as we go through the matching and placement process and as we talk with more adoptive families. I will say this: Don't be afraid to ask questions and talk to us about our adoption. WE ARE EXCITED. And we want to talk to you and share that excitement!