Jul 03 We started dating, after knowing each other as colleagues for a few years
Dec 03 Started trying for a family
Feb 04 Got engaged and bought our house
Feb 05 Got married
Aug 05 Started IVF
Nov 06 Stopped IVF after 4 ICSI cycles
Apr 07 Decided to adopt so applied to agency
Jul 07 Application accepted
Nov 07 Prep groups completed
Mar 08 Home study completed
Aug 08 Approved to adopt a sibling group of 2-3 children aged 6 and under. Actively looking for children
Dec 08 / Jan 09 Potential link with a sibling group of three; due to the decision to split up the boys we decided not to proceed
Mar 09 / Apr 09 Potential link with a sibling group of three; the social workers went with another couple who were geographically closer and more able to reflect their cultural identity
Apr 09 / Jul 09 Linked with a sibling group of three. Received reports: Children's Permanence Report, medical, foster carers and nursery. Met with children's social worker and their agency's Family Finding social worker. Officially linked on 9th July. On 24th July birth family no longer support the plan for adoption, have their own plan and are in a much stronger position than they were. The court date is set for February. Due to the uncertainty of the outcome and the 6-month wait we decided not to proceed
Aug 09 We had a break from family finding for a month following a failed link. We are looking at ways to make ourselves better known to social workers and had our one year review on 27th August.
Sep 09 We have become more proactive in contacting social workers and have updated our profile. This has lead to three sets of social workers being interested in us and paperwork has been swapped.
Oct 09 We had a meeting on 13th October with social workers regarding a sibling group of two and were not successful. We decided to take a short break from blogging
Nov 09 Re-linked with group of three that failed in July - yayy! Placement order to be granted in February
Dec 09 Awaiting outcome of interim court hearing
Jan 10 Still awaiting outcome of interim court hearing
Feb 10 Care Order and Placement Order granted. Matching panel was pencilled in for 5th March but subsequently cancelled
Mar 10 Matching panel due 9th April. Met foster carer, nursery school teacher and Medical Adviser
Apr 10 Matched to three children under the age of five - extremely relived and happy Introductions start 27th April
May 10 Introductions for 10 days, brought home our Midge, Tidge and Squidge on 6th May 2010 - THE END!