The day was amazing! Exhausting, of course, but amazing. The ladies at Bethany Christian Service were friendly and knowledgeable and somehow managed to put together an eight-hour program that kept our attention. Three other couples working through their home study process joined us, which was really neat.
I won't be able to effectively share what we learned since I'm still recovering from the crazy week, but here are a few highlights of the day:
- Meeting the wonderful staff of BCS and three other couples somewhere along the same journey we are. Wonderful support.
- A "skit" (for lack of a better word) of the adoption process with BCS–sounds silly but was so helpful seeing how it all works and what is often happening simultaneously
- Learning about The Connected Child, a book and series of videos that BCS highly recommends. I am ready to read this! You can see a bit about it at the website empoweredtoconnect.org.
- Helpful information on interracial adoption. Take a look at PACT to learn a bit more.
- Meeting and listening to the story of three birth mothers who came to Bethany Christian Services while pregnant and made an adoption plan. This was awesome.
- Learning more about Open Adoption and what that may look like
- Statistics about this new generation of birth mothers who make an adoption plan
- New language: not "put up for adoption" or "given away" but made an adoption plan
- Getting a strong dose of both reality and hope!
After the seminar, we drove home, stopping off in Fresno for dinner at Cheesecake Factory and a quick trip to Anthropologie, my home away from home. It was a good day that gave us a lot to think about and talk about it, but perhaps more importantly, gave us real tools to empower us. We are becoming more and more confident with each new step, embracing the unknowns that accompany adoption with knowledge and faith.