For nearly two years, we’ve been keeping a big secret on the blog. You may recall that back in the late summer/early fall of 2017 both Tiffany and Audrey welcomed baby boys into their families and the OAAM team. Well, those little guys weren’t the only newbies!
In fact, several weeks before their arrivals, my family welcomed a new baby girl. She came to us on a hot August afternoon, just two days old and with only about four hours notice. We had been chosen to be her foster family.
If you are like most of the people I’ve shared this story with, I’m sure you have lots of questions racing around in your mind about our baby girl, her birth family, our experience as foster parents, the foster care system in general, how we even decided to start this whole journey in the first place. I’m sure they are all great questions! And I could probably write a whole new blog just about foster care and adoption. But I’m going to keep it simple today.
Today, I’m just going to tell you that about three years ago my husband and I started the process of becoming licensed foster parents in Connecticut. We had home visits, and months of trainings, and more home visits. We filled out mountains of paperwork that detailed nearly every part of our personal, professional and financial histories. We got references. And more references. And background checks from every state that we have lived in.
And then we had some more home visits.
Finally, after over a year of working and waiting, we got our license.
And just a few short days later, we got a phone call.
The rest, as they say, is history. Almost two years later we have now officially adopted our daughter. And we can’t wait for you to meet her!
Because of confidentiality requirements for foster children, we couldn’t put pictures of her online, so obviously that meant no appearances on the blog. Of course, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t right there with us on all our blog outings!
She was there when we scoped out the new Jonathan’s Dream Playground.
We toted her with us when we visited The Children’s Museum in West Hartford.
She was tagging along at the Connecticut Trolley Museum.
She had her first ice cream at the Durham Dari Serv. She fed the animals at Manfredi Farms. She was a spectator at Hidden Valley Mini Golf (we wheeled her around the course in a stroller– that was an adventure all in itself! Haha!).
We can hardly remember a time before this little girl was a part of our lives. We are so thrilled and proud and blessed to call her our daughter.
And our boys are equally excited to have a sister!
We can’t wait to share more adventures as an official party of five 🙂
If you have been thinking about becoming a foster/adoptive parent in Connecticut and have questions about foster care or adoption, please visit this website or call 1-888-KID-HERO to learn more. I would encourage anyone to attend one of the Open House sessions. It’s a great way to find out if foster or adoptive care is right for your family, and there’s no commitment.