Well its official! (not really) But it is official that we started the paperwork and we're on our way to adopting a child. Hey, thats one step closer than we were. The preliminary paperwork and application has been completed and was mailed out this morning! Step 1, completed. As a part of being open an honest with everyone, I want to also share with you along the way, the financial side of this.
Along with completing the preliminary application, you must also mail in a check for $50. This is simply an application fee. Once this is completed and reviewed, we will be called in for an adoption orientation. (basically an overview of what is expected). At this time, they will go over all payment options, finances, and the whole sha-bang! After that comes the "Formal Application"! With that application comes a $500 application. Whew! And from there, the costs go up and UP and UPPP!
Like I said, its going to be a long journey. I'll keep you posted as things progress and we hear more news. For now, a little scripture I found that is my encouragement for today.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9