I think I've answered most of the other questions people asked when I put out the request for blog topics. This is the last one. A reader wants to know about the process of adoption through foster care. Specifically, when family has expressed interest, but not until adoption comes up.
I don't want to leave this reader hanging...but I really don't have much experience with this topic. The adoption of TT was anything but typical and the process was different from anyone else I've ever read about that adopted through foster care. TT's parents chose adoption for him by signing their rights away at the hospital. But they didn't go through an adoption agency or make any legal plans ahead of TT's birth so it went through the foster care system. We had to hire a lawyer and it functioned sort of like a domestic adoption with cheaper legal fees for us.
The process of adopting through foster care is also different if you're adopting a waiting child (one whose parents' rights have already been terminated). Last Mom and her husband adopted an older child and she writes about the experience with their daughter, Princess, on her blog.
As for fostering, and waiting for rights to be terminated, and then adopting because no family can be found...that seems to work differently for every single case. In some cases, TPR (Termination of Parental Rights) happens quickly. Some, like Rebecca at Fosterhood, wait for years just for the full TPR hearing to happen.
Readers...if you blog about foster care and adopting through The System...can you help me out? Please comment with a link to your blog. As comments come in, I'll also put links up on my FB page so people can click through and read your story.