I've had a lot of people ask me this question, about the adoption process, so I figured I'd answer it here.
We just got word that our home inspection is now rated as "passing," so we are moved forward in the licensing process. Now, we wait on the state. Once they license us, we scan the license & send an electronic copy to the adoption agency, which will then trigger them to activate our profile. Then, we wait.
Seriously, that's pretty much what happens. We have some criteria that we apply to birthparents, and they have some criteria they apply to us. If we know that a particular child will have issues that we are not equipped (financially, physically, mentally, and/or emotionally) to handle, our profile won't even be shown. If it looks there might be a good match, based off what the birthparents want in an adoptive family (for example, they might want a couple that already has a child, or a single parent, or a family that is Catholic, in which case we don't qualify), the agency contacts us & tells us what they know about the birthparents, and possibly the child. If it sounds like a good fit, we confirm we want our profile to be shown. Then, we wait.
Again, that's what happens. We wait to see if the birthparents pick us. We wait to see if they want to meet with us in any capacity. We wait to see if they actually terminate their parental rights. So, lots and lots of waiting. This is tough, but we think this adoption process is what's best for our family. We have no idea if the birthparents will want updates about our child or not, but we're open to the idea. Heck, being a major scrapbooker, I am open to sending a mini-album every 6 months!
Thanks to everyone who's been so supportive! And now you know .... what happens now!