On August 24, Hampton and I drove to Hattiesburg for our first informational meeting. We were running late, which annoyed me, but there wasn't much we could do about it. When we arrived, everyone else was already there, and the speaker had already started, which further annoyed me... (we were only about 5 minutes late!). We snuck in and sat down and listened to the adoption specialist as she welcomed all of us.
I won't go into a complete play-by-play because it would bore you. But I am definitely willing to answer any questions anyone has. There are a lot of assumptions and misconceptions about the adoption process and knowledge is valuable!
The most interesting part of the meeting was the statistics pertaining to the adoptions in the previous two years at this agency. It was neat to see exactly how many adoptions they had done in Mississippi and a few specifics on each. This gave us a better idea of this agency and what we would be looking forward to for placement.
Besides that new information, much of the rest of it was a repeat - which was okay, because I was happy that we were so well-informed. Between the paperwork and information the agency sent us and my extensive reading of blogs and books and whatever I could get my eyes on, we were definitely at a good place of knowledge about what we were doing.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to talk with the other couples at the meeting at all, so that part of the meeting was a bust. But it was good to be at the agency and get an overall feel for the process.
I mentioned paperwork in a previous post and we went home from this first meeting with several more pieces that would have to be sent back in order to move forward. Ahh, the post office...more on that next time.
Just for fun, here are a couple more pictures from London!
|Me at Westminster Abbey|
|Big Ben and a red double-decker bus|