At any rate, this new social worker was very friendly and chatty. She was enthusiastic and seems motivated to help us get our homestudy done quickly. She received an emergency call from another client the moment she walked in our door and by the time she was done calming down that family, half an hour later, Atticus and Norah had removed every single toy from their toy boxes, run around like crazy people playing "monster hands", and moved onto their crabby pre-dinner phase. Still, they kept all their clothing on, which I read as a minor triumph.
The visit went just fine. Perhaps because our first homestudy document contains just about all the information there is to know about us, she didn't really ask us any personal questions. She didn't even go upstairs to see our bedrooms. There were no white gloves run across our furniture, tests of our smoke alarms, or peeks inside our medicine cabinets. In fact, there was very little to write about. I didn't start this blog until we were well underway with our last adoption, however, and I've always regretted that we don't have more recorded memories of that process. So, for the sake of better documentation, here it is: She came. She saw. She didn't declare us to be unsuitable as parents. She gave us more paperwork to fill out. She left.
In answer to the most common questions, I'll say that we're hoping to adopt two more children between the ages of 0-24 months and then we will be done adding to our family. We don't know whether we'll be asked to adopt boys, girls, or one of each. Our hope is to have our dossier ready to turn in by early this fall and then we're currently being told that it will take about four to eight months for us to receive referrals (when you find out who your kids are). The Ethiopian government is currently in the process of moving to require adoptive parents to travel twice (once for the Ethiopian court date when the children are legally adopted and once for the American embassy date). Nobody knows yet how that will affect the speed of the process or the time that elapses between the referral and when the children can go home. Paul and I would like very much to be able to take Atticus and Norah to Ethiopia with us for the court date and then stay there until the embassy date, but we'll have to see how events unfold for other families before assessing how feasible that will be for us.
Fasten your seatbelts, everybody. We're in for an exciting ride!