A lot of people who are adopting have a looooooong period of waiting between completing all of their paperwork and actually getting their referral. I have read blogs and seen websites where families will keep track of where they are at in the waiting “line”.
Now, let me explain what this number in line actually means..
In a nutshell, not much.
While at the same time, everything.
Make sense? Should I stop there??
So, right now we are number 26. This means that there are 26 families in “front” of us who are also waiting for their referral for their child(ren).
BUT. A family ahead of us might get pregnant…and have to put their contract on hold for a year….or they decide they no longer want to adopt…. or something unexpected happens that forces them to hold off on their adoption or cancel it altogether. And we get bumped up the line a bit..
ALSO. Not everyone has requested the same gender, age, etc. of child that we have. We have requested an infant (0-18months old) and we have not specified gender. This means, that there could be families ahead of us who have requested a sibling group…or a 2 year old…or only girls…. And if a little 9month old boy comes along…they will bypass the line and go straight to us!
So, the number in line is more of a rough estimate for us. And really doesn’t mean too much.
At this moment, it is all we have.
And at this moment, it is everything.
So, to get ourselves back into the groove of feeling like there will actually be an end to this adoption waiting balogna….I am going to keep track on here!
Today, we are #26.
Here is to hoping for a quick trek to #1!