Friday, July 18, 2008

Good News

Liam had what was supposed to be his last visit with his bio mom today. When the caseworker picked him up I asked if she would take my camera to get a few pics of the two of them. I don't have any of her, and as much as I hope that the "open adoption" situation works out with communication and possibly visits, you just never know what the future brings and I really wanted him to have those. I wish I had that for Braeden. I also asked her to ask mom if she may have a couple infant pics of him that I could have or copy to keep for him.

Anyway, she said that mom was asking her if she will still be known by him as "mom." I assured her that while I will be "mom" to him, he will know he is adopted and that she is his birth mom. I will never deny her of that. She "gave" me a great gift.

After the visit she said that mom was really touched that I wanted pictures of them together. She is also going to look for some infant pics for him!!! AND - SHE IS GOING TO SIGN HER RIGHTS AWAY!!!! They are going to do one last visit in two weeks, on July 31st, and she will sign a surrender of her rights at that time!!!

Oh wow! I think that that is such an unselfish decision and I'm so proud of her for being able to make it. I think that both she and Liam will be glad of that in the future. The caseworker asked her about meeting with me prior and she said she'd like to, so we'll see if that gets set up. Now, as great as that is, that doesn't mean his adoption will happen any sooner. Unfortunately bio dad is still involved even though he'll be locked up for quite some time. He won't "get" Liam back but will prolong the process nevertheless. He won't sign. But that's ok. It's a healthy step for his bio mom, Liam, and I. And hopefully will forge a relationship for his future.

August 5th is his first termination hearing for the bio dad. We're on the way! :)


Jess said...

This is so exciting!

Julie said...

WOW- that is GREAT news!!!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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