I was looking forward to today with a mixture of excitement and apprehension. It was the day we would complete step #3 of the SENAME adoption adventure: the first informational meeting.
Frankly, we were astonished at the number of people waiting to enter the building at ! It was my guess that the agency schedules its first informational session at this time to “weed out” those who aren’t really serious about the idea of adoption, since it requires missing a morning of work. So to look around me and see 150+ people was a huge surprise!
It was definitely a cultural experience. The majority of the group were couples in their mid-30’s and that became a bone of contention at one point in the discussion (more on this later.) There were a few other foreigners but as far as I could tell they were from other Latin American countries. The session was led by a young attorney and two social workers, all of whom I found to be knowledgeable and honest, even about the less-than-ideal aspects of adoption in
During the question and answer time, it was evident that some people were already discouraged about the process, especially the timeframe and costs. (Costs are minimal because this is similar to what we would consider in the
It was stated in the presentation that couples above the age of 40 would be required to adopt an older child. This created some consternation, because in
I am interested to see how many of the original 150+ will continue on to the next step, which is a required informational meeting on Monday evening and which is followed by the final required meeting on Wednesday. For our part, we spoke with the social worker privately afterwards and explained our situation with the permanent residency (or lack thereof). She basically said it wouldn’t hurt to continue with the next few steps and speak to the director about our situation. Beyond that, only time will tell! – but, we know Who is in control. (: