Re: [88-89page] Severance for Our Twins!
- Kiersten,Congratulations! That is wonderful.Michele
Kiersten Close W_______ <chadsclan4@...> wrote:Dear Page Friends--
I just got a call from our twins' CPS caseworker. Apparently the
judge ruled in favor of their severance from their birthmom a month
earlier than expected! (That means her parental rights have been
irrevocably terminated) They are officially "adoptable" now. Praise
So their case will be transferring to an adoptions caseworker at "St.
Nicholas" (an adoptions agency which handles the adoption of foster
children for the State of Arizona) within the next two weeks! Once
the case is transferred to the "adoptions" section, it takes about
six months to do all the paperwork and get a court hearing date. I
have been told that because we've adopted twice in Pima County before
(including one this last May) that that history will help streamline
things and often helps move things along faster than six months.
It is so amazing that this time last year we'd been told the twins
weren't staying with us much longer and had no idea Jessika would be
coming in two weeks! One year later Jessika's adoption has been
finalized (in May) and the twins' adoption is imminent!
For anyone who hasn't yet heard/read up on this story...
My husband Chad and I have a total of four children all of whom we've
had in our home since birth. Our oldest daughter (Annika) is 4
(adoption finalized at 6 months old), we have one-year old twins
(Luke & Janae) coming to us through foster care (theirs is the only
adoption not yet finalized), and we have a daughter (Jessika) who is
three months younger than our twins (adoption finalized this last
Our oldest daughter came to us from two 16-year-old highschoolers
through a private "designated" adoption in which the birthparents
picked us based on our profile and letter of introduction on file
with our adoption agency. We have an "open adoption" with them which
means we see them on a voluntary basis a couple times a year at fun
places like zoos, children's museums, parks etc. This is all on a
voluntary basis on our part, but it really is best for a child's self-
image in the long run to know the truth about his/her adoption, and
even know members of their birth family whenever possible and safe.
When our oldest was 18-months, we re-enlisted with our adoption
agency. But adoptions in AZ were very slow at that time and we
waited 18-months with nothing happening. The caseworker at our
agency recommended that we also be certified as foster-parents, so we
would be available for fost-adopt children (children whose cases are
very close to severance of parental rights and adoptions). In June
2006 we were certified as foster parents. In early July 2006 we went
on a 10-day vacation. During a layover on the way home we got a call
about newborn fost-adopt boy/girl twins. Three hours later we got
off the airplane and brought home two-day old nearly preemie-size
twins before our lost luggage even made it home! The twins have had
many older siblings severed from their birthmom due to incompetence
and unsafe life-choices. However, within a month, the maternal
grandparents (who had never been involved or even notified of
previous cases) stepped forward, wanting to be considered as a
placement. They had a homestudy done and (this week last year) CPS
informed us that the twins would be transferred to them "any day".
Needless to say, we were totally discouraged.
Yet God was still working out the details of his plans for us...
Two weeks later, the twins were still with us, and on a Saturday we
got a call from our adoption agency that we had about an hour to
decide whether to accept a little girl who had been born in Phoenix
to a mother who wanted to place her immediately (because
she was keeping her pregnancy a secret). She didn't want any contact
and wanted to remain anonymous (which is unusual these days).
Because she didn't want to know us, the agency picked us because we'd
been waiting the longest. So along came baby #3 (Jessika).
Meanwhile, the twins were still in limbo. It turns out the judge had
reservations about placing them with their grandparents because of
their grandparents' age and because the twins have severe asthma in
the winter that requires a lot of care. In late January 2007 the
judge sent us to a court appointed mediator to see what type of open
adoption we could have with them. They found out that we are
certified to adopt at a Christian adoption agency and have an open
adoption with our oldest's birthparents & grandparents. So
immediately they gave us their blessing; apparently they had just
really wanted to see their grandkids a couple times a year and make
sure they were raised as Christians! (We all agree that birthmom
will never have direct contact with us because of her history.)
So tada! We were suddenly on the road to becoming parents of three
infants--the adoption equivalent of triplets!