Today we had a Permanency Planning Meeting. We've had one before that Chase attended and it really wasn't that fascinating...just talked about the baby and how she was doing. Today was different. There were 10 people in a conference room, excluding her parents who did not show up (although they were invited to be there). We talked about how she was doing and all of the new things she was doing like grabbing and eating baby food! We passed around our 8 million pictures and talked about how much we loved having her in our home. Then the business began.
The CPS Supervisor (we will call her Jane) asked our CPS caseworker (we will call her Suzy) what Baby Girl's permanency plan was. Suzy replied that her current plan is reunification with her parents (which we already knew). She then went on to say that the plan was in the process of being changed to a Related Adoption (where a relative of the bio parents would be able to adopt her after passing a home study). Jane then asked if any relatives had been named at this point - the answer was NO...her parents had not given any names of anyone interested in taking baby girl throughout this entire process. Jane then turned to us. She asked us if Baby Girl became adoptable, would we want her. Trying to keep as calm as possible, we both answered DEFINTELY!!! She then said that since we have had her since she was 5 weeks old and we were attached to her and love her, then the new permanency plan would be UNRELATED ADOPTION!
Holy cow! You have no idea what I was feeling when she said that! My grin was so big there was no way for me to hide it! As I looked across the table, I saw the CASA workers and our CPS worker smiling at us! Now...this is NOT set in stone! We still have to go to court in July and November. We will continue doing everything that we are doing now, but at our November trial, termination will be offered to the parents. The only other hurdle we would face would be if a relative came forward or if the parents decided to start working their plan! At that point, CASA would step in for the best interest of Baby Girl. We praise the Lord for the wonderful blessings he gives us although we are not deserving!
With all of that being said...I need some major prayer warriors to get on their knees! I know that God will take care of all of us no matter the outcome, but prayers for Baby Girl to be in a loving home are very appreciated! I will keep you guys updated as we get any new updates!
Today was a good day...a very very good day!!!