Monday, October 29, 2012
Two years in we decided to commit to a second agency. We were having struggles with our first agency, they were not making very many placements, and we did not feel like they were advocating for us as we had hoped. My sister had worked as a birthmother advocate for a little while with an adoption facilitation agency and she suggested we try an agency she had seen some success with out of Utah. After talking to our friend/unpaid adoption counselor (Here's your shout out FLOSSIE!) on many occasions she thought they were a good agency too, so we called them. After speaking with several people there, and finding out there would be no upfront retainer or fees (which we had already lost with two agencies), we went for it.
The funniest part of all this was trying to maintain composure for the boys and with my friends. After the failed placement in December, I wasn't going to tell anyone I didn't have to...The night of the phone call to Sterling's birthmother was the night I was hosting a BUNCO party at the house. The phone call with ended at 6:30pm and everyone arrived at 7pm. It was funny because the next day someone emailed me and said I seemed a little off...I can't remember who said it, but yes, I was "off!"