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Where back ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹... (Sorry for the delay we've been soooo busy ๐Ÿ˜ด ) I now bring to you may ๐Ÿ˜‰ .... this is where it gets crazy ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜.

So here goes .....ย 

May arrives and we havnt heard anything ๐Ÿค”.. so we phone the agency, and after a quick chat they arrange to send out some forms. A few days later we receive them in the post ๐Ÿ˜ this is to give consent to starting the process ๐Ÿ˜ and also for our personal referees details, so we fill out names, contact details etc, sign what we need to signย and send them off (thankyou Gemma, Kate and Nicola ๐Ÿ˜ย  ) eeeeekkkkkkkk... it's getting exciting ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜

A few days pass and we receive a phone callย to say we need a meeting the following weekย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Monday morning arrives & we are in Sheffield city centre, fresh coffee in hand.. nervous, and wondering what this meeting will involve. We sign in , make our way up in the lift , through a network of corridors and into a little room, and there we wait... ๐Ÿ˜–

A few nervous minutes later weย are greeted by a lovely women ( I can't remember her name ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜‚ ) and we sit and chat about everything, from the adoption process, our backgrounds, address history etc, and .. STAGE 1, we really had no reason to feel nervous, it was actually really enjoyable ๐Ÿ˜ anyway ..ย  she gives us our stage 1 folder ,talks us though it , and we head home.

That week we spend any spare time looking through the information in the folder, and that weekend we make a start on the work sheets.

I'm not gunna lie, I've lost sleep over these worksheets.... I hate paperwork ๐Ÿ˜‚.. give me 100 kids to look after and I'd be happy .. give me 100 worksheets to fill out and I panic ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคš

Anyway....The work sheets are basically for us to give as much information about ourselves as possible ... for example, pet forms , family trees , eco maps (something we,d never come across, basically it's a spider diagram of your support system, family friends etc ๐Ÿ˜) and so on. Some sections have loads of personal questions to fill out, others are about our research into adoption, overall there was a lot to do ,but with the help of family and friends and lots of late nights and coffee,ย  we finally sent them off by email on the 1st of June๐Ÿ˜ ( I never wanna see another worksheet again ๐Ÿ˜‚). We've also had our medicals inbetween which we passed with flying colours ๐Ÿ˜ and also received our DBS checks back .. all fineย  ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜ (HAPPY DAYS ๐Ÿ˜)

We've also been assigned to a social worker, GAIL, we've not met Gail yet, where hoping to meet with her on the 26th of june , weve only spoke briefly over email but imย hoping we get on with her brilliantly ( I hope she likes gin โœŒ๐Ÿ˜‚) and she's obviously going to love us, WHO DOESN'T โœŒ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚...ย 

Anywhooo... ย that's where we are at the minute, it's all soo exciting and feels so fast paced right now, we can't believe it , next step should hopefully be PANEL and stage 2, we also have our 3 day training in Julyย  ๐Ÿ˜ฑ .... we will do our best to keep you all up to date with our journey on here ๐Ÿ˜ ....

One step closer to finally having ourย  family ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜... and we really can't wait ๐Ÿ‘Œ...ย ย 

Sheffield, UK

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