For those of you who read this blog and aren't show-queens, the title of a today's entry is a 'Sweeney Todd' reference. The original Broadway cast. Not either of the revivals. Not the movie. We're talking about Angela, and no one else.
I'm a purist. :-)
However, the title is also a reference to the way things are going with our adoption process.
Unfortunately, we've made absolutely no progress since submitting our application 120 days ago.
That's right....we mailed in our application one hundred and twenty days ago. At first we thought we'd be starting classes sometime after the 4th of July...then we hoped it would be sometime in August...then we were told that we were GUARANTEED to be in the next round of classes and we would be receiving our 'formal' invitation two weeks before classes began, which was supposed to be at the end of October/beginning of November.
Well, it's nearing the the end of October and we haven't heard a peep from anyone. Not only that, but I spoke to our 'contact' person last week and she had no information. Due to her lack of info, she suggested that I call her boss. I've left messages with her boss twice at this this point -once last week and once this week and I have yet to receive a return call.
I know (from various sources) that much like the rest of the state, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families are in a really unstable position right now. They've suffered through several rounds of lay-offs and there are probably going to be more heading their way. That's all well and good, and I COMPLETELY understand - but no return call? That's just rude.
It's really difficult for us because we're totally up against the wall with this one. It's not like I can call her everyday and become a complete pain in the ass. Actually I could, but the problem is that the person I'm calling is the woman who runs the entire adoption program for our district and the last thing I want to do is to get on her bad side before classes have even begun. Does that make sense???
Believe me, I understand that she's probably very busy and extremely overworked, but it takes about 5 seconds to call someone and let them know what's going on. That's all I'm looking for. I don't expect a miracle, just a little information.
End of Rant
That being said, I think Jim and I are going to start thinking about other adoption routes. Whether it be looking at private agencies, different areas, whatever...I'm not sure yet, but it's pretty clear that going through the state clearly isn't the best option at this time.
Don't worry though. We're well aware of all the scams and un-trustworthy people out there who are just looking to make a buck (like those poor families in New York last month that paid out a ton of money to adopt non-existent children....yikes) so we'll be super careful.
Speaking of children, I have to pick up my sister's pup after work today!!! I can't wait to see how it goes this weekend. I hope that he and Scooter get along OK....I'm sure there will be stories on Monday.
Have a great weekend and thanks for listening. xoxo
This isn't actually Miner, but this is what he looked like the last time I saw him a few months ago....ridiculous.
He probably looking more like this these days....