Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Adoption!

This can't wait until lunch time!  I got really great news yesterday, and I have to share it now.  As some of you know, I'm a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a foster child.  After completing my training in 2009, I was matched with a case, reviewed the file, accepted the case, and officially assigned to it on January 17, 2010. 

For obvious reasons, the case information is confidential, but I can say that after a long road, my case child's adoption will be official on October 7, 2011!  After being "in the system" for three years, it's done.  Adoption is such a beautiful thing, and I am so happy that as she enters those very memorable years of kindergarten and elementary school, she will have a more consistent lifestyle.  I spent an hour on the phone last night with one of her relatives, and in hindsight, I think we just kept saying how happy we were, over and over again.  We couldn't contain ourselves!  To have worked on this case has been so humbling.  I'm that much more grateful for what I have, and I almost don't know what to do with all of the thanks I keep receiving from my Voices For Children program supervisors and my case child's relatives.  I've worked hard and yet I don't feel like I deserve it.  These relatives have LIVED this every day for years, and I just showed up last year with the idealistic notion that I might be able to help.  They've worked so hard to do what's best for my case child, and to see love in action like that is so overwhelmingly astounding.  In the face of truly difficult times, I've learned a bit more about the parent I want to be.  I'm so appreciative that I got see this case through despite my move to Houston.

It's a CASA success!  I am one of those lucky CASAs that gets to say, "... and then she was adopted in to an amazing home."  It's one of those times you just want to sit and cry and smile.

2 comments:

Heather Mora said...

that is really cool, i might have to look into something like this!

Alyssa Lianne said...

Hi Lindsay! I just came across your blog and saw this post and had to comment. I'm a social worker and have been working in foster care for the past 4 years. I have seen the delight and the heartbreak in this field and am so grateful for other professionals who care so much, as you clearly do. Your post reminded me how great and rewarding it can be to help children and how one person can truly make a difference. Thanks for everything you did for this little girl and I hope you continue on to advocate for other children! -Alyssa