Well, we got exciting news that the paternity hearing was for today for Sadie and the birthfather's rights were terminated today!
Many of you don't know how this works...here's a quick rundown of domestic adoption.
Parental rights for both birthmom and birthfather have to be either terminated or relinquished.
Once this happens, our agency then monitors us for 6 months until it is determined that the child is in a safe environment and doing well. So really, right now we are kind of like foster parents in that we don't have full custody of her, the agency does. (Correct me Deaconess girls if any of you are reading this).
At this point the birthparents cannot "change their mind". I can't tell you how many people worry about this for us. As long as we don't flunk this next 6 months, she will officially become a Shockley sometime early next year!!! So, Tuesday we have our first post-placement visit at our agency (one of 3 to be done before we are released to adopt her).
Thank you for all of your prayers for today and for our sweet children!