The “Child Centered Recruiter” that I emailed from our previous agency regarding an available sibling set posted on Facebook has returned my email! She said that we need a “pre-placement assessment” in order to forward it to the social worker assigned to that sibling set’s case. So I emailed the woman at the agency (“Jane Lynch”) that we met with in July to see if we have such an assessment or not. I am guessing that we don’t, but I really am not sure what they consider a “pre-placement assessment.” What I found online for pre-placement assessments, in regards specifically to North Carolina and adoption, states this:
“A Pre-Placement Assessment consists of minimally two interviews with the prospective adoptive parent. Couples must complete separate and joint interviews to provide background information, discuss desires, expectations, and work on any concerns or barriers to providing long-term care for a child.
Prospective adoptive parents must also complete new finger prints even if they were previously finger printed as a foster parent.”
We definitely had the interviews and we paid for our background checks but we stopped at finger printing because of the indication from the woman at the agency that they wouldn’t be able to place us with young children. She emailed me back this morning regarding the status of our file:
“You are correct. You do not have a PPA. You withdrew your application shortly after your first interview and your case was closed. If you wish to follow through with the adoption process, you will need to reapply. Please be advised that the children that you are interested in will likely be placed long before we can complete your PPA and they are not indicative of available children, in general.”
So basically I spend about $60 early this summer for them to tell me that they don’t have children in their care that fit my family. Then, three months later when the agency advertises them through social media she assures me that this sibling set is an anomaly and that if I am interested, I am more than welcome to pay again to have all the background checks, marriage license, etc re-run. But it probably will take too long to be considered for this sibling group.
What do I take away from this situation? If we had continued with her agency in July then we would have our pre-placement assessment by now. But she said they don’t have sibling groups like this one available, so we sought out other resources. The logic (or lack thereof) of it all is just making me go insane!