I answer the phone, telling Ann that Tim isn’t in the room yet… We both wait and then she says “Congratulations”. from then on we talk about the ifs buts and maybes and what happens next. We got told it was a lengthy meeting but after careful consideration, they agree we are a good match and we become ‘Formally Linked’.
So it’s 12:50pm and I’ve just finished prancing around the house in my pants. I have tidied the house ( well Tim did) and I’ve done my hair (for those that don’t know my hair is ringlet curly and I straighten it to look “normal”). I get dressed as greeting the SW in my pants isn’t a good start.
When we received our great news that we had been ‘approved’ (this only being a recommendation) we needed to wait for the final approval from the ADM (agency decision maker) for them to make the final decision. Getting told that it would only take 10 working days for that to come through… Not that we’re counting but today is now the 12th day. Although we have been reassured that this is just formality and the decision wouldn’t change, it’s so nerve-wracking waiting on this email. I’m like a deranged ex-boyfriend constantly checking my phone to see if he’s sent an email. And yet we still don’t have one from the ADM.
Darran, as usual, wasn’t ready at all which meant him leaving the house with curly hair (shock). We were asked to arrive promptly at 9.30 but arrive at 9.33. I’m panicking (I hate being late) but as we drive up to the place we see other adopters we know strolling down the road which made me chill! We walk to the entrance and give our names to a social worker which was a man – never see one of these before
He was a Daddy to two beautiful children, a brother to 3 amazing siblings and had a huge network of friends and family who all said goodbye! When we say “What A Week” this has been, we honestly mean its been FULL ON! In the space of 5 days, we have driven from Essex to Wales to Newcastle then onto Scarborough… Yes you are reading right, we have done all sides of the UK. So I suppose I should start with last Friday.
We have many different stages coming up, so I suppose we should fill you in…Having a conversation with Ann about the ‘next steps’ and ‘the boys’ we have so much to take in. Ann discussed how the next steps could pan out after panel (literally 4 sleeps 😬). It could all start happening quite quickly once we start the proceedings with our forever child.