We are in the early stages of the adoption process, and are doing lots of research, reading and podcast listening! We have not yet sent off our formal application, but have reached out to our local athority. Currently we are reading through all the initial paperwork, and thinking about how we can put ourselves in the best position, and when we should put in the formal application.
I have a few questions, that I would appreciate some advice.
Firstly, we are due to get married in April 21, Covid will likely cause this to be a delayed, and for it to move to our back up date in Sept 21. If the wedding does not happing in April as planned, we don't really want to wait until the end of the year to start the process, The social workers have indicated that this maybe an issue with them, as they would like us to have this life experience before we start the process, and they would worry about the extra pressure that the wedding may have.
Personally I feel like this is a little unfair, as the wedding is something that is out of our control, and the whole thing is organised, so we literally just need the gov guidelines to change for us to move forward with it, but I can understand the concern.
My questions is: do you think we should wait until after the wedding in April / Sept or should fill in the formal application once we know if it can happen in April?
Second questions is about gaining experience with children, we have some expense with my nephews / godchildren including babysitting, days out, etc, and hope when the restrictions ease we can continue to gain more experience with them.
I am trying to think outside the box for volunteer opportunities, and wondered what others have done, and any recommendations of what we can do. I would like it to be worthwhile, and not just a box ticking for the social workers.
I would be grateful for any advice you guys can provide!