We’re LIVE!!!

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Dan and I are happy to report, we’re live! After multiple drafts, an informal photo shoot (thanks to Mama Baird!), my graphic design perfectionist side being satisfied, and a lot of back and forth with IAC,  we were finally approved to go live. When it finally happened, I literally threw my hands up high, jumped up and down, and screamed like I was my 4th-grade self at the New Kids On The Block Concert. It was quite a sight, and I’m pretty sure I gave Panda a little heart attack.

So, now we wait… Yes, we’re excited, anxious, and well frankly curious to see if anyone will like us. Yes, our fabulous family and friends keep assuring us that people will fall in love with us and we’ll be matched before we know it, but I still have bubbles of uncertainty. All I know is that who every we match with will be my biggest heroine / hero.  To me and Dan, they will be the most selfless person / people we’ll ever meet.

Now my friends, we’re going to ask for your help. Please help us spread the news. Here’s how you can!

1. Share our sites 

danandalissaadopt.com

www.iheartadoption.org/users/danandalissa

2. Share our email 

danandalissaadopt@gmail.com

3. Share our phone number

Toll-free 1-888-611-4076

4. Share and connect to our Facebook and other social media sites

http://www.facebook.com/danandalissaadopt

http://www.instagram.com/offbeatballerina

http://instagram.com/danbaird2000

*I’ve also made some “pass along” adoption cards; they’re kind of like a business card. If you’d like, I’m happy to send some to you to keep on hand, in case you want to pass them along to someone. Just send me an email at danandalissaadopt@gmail.com and we’ll go from there!card

Forever we’ve been waiting and longing to be parents. Forever it’s felt like an “if it will happen.” And now, as Dan likes to remind me, it’s finally a “when.” We couldn’t be more excited for this journey!

If you know someone who is pregnant and considering placing their child with an adoptive family please consider the IAC, Independent Adoption Center. Visit adoptionhelp.org for more information.

Thank you all for your love and support,

Alissa

 

 

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Home Study Complete

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Not long ago we got awesome news; we’re approved to be parents! After pages of paperwork, background checks, fingerprinting, interviews, and a home inspection our case worker emailed us the good news. Although this part of the processes seemed long and pretty invasive, I know it will all be worth the stress.

Next in the process is getting our pictures and birthmother letter approved by our agency. This can typically take a few month, depending on how many edits we have to complete. Then mothers considering placing their child will be able to view our profile. Upon approval, we’ll have an online profile, an email address, a toll free phone number, a website, and a paper profile that will be emailed to interested people. Right now we’re in our third round of edits and all of our pictures have been approved! Perhaps we’ll be live before Christmas… A girl can wish right?!

I’ll keep you posted when we’re live!

Liss

If you know someone who is pregnant and considering placing their child with an adoptive family please consider the IAC, Independent Adoption Center. Visit adoptionhelp.org for more information.

 

 

Home Study Step 2 Complete

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Enjoying Oktoberfest at Snowbird

Enjoying Oktoberfest at Snowbird

I love when my adoption paperwork to do folder is empty!

I love when my adoption paperwork to do folder is empty!

Update time!

We’re about 105 pages deep in our paper pregnancy and have officially completed Step 2 of our Home Study process. So what’s next? The home visit. A home visit is when a Caseworker visits our home and interviews us together and separately. I’m told the whole visit should take about 3 hours. Following the caseworkers visit, they will complete a full review and (fingers crossed) approve us. Then the approval will be sent to our agency!

In the meantime, Dan and I are gathering pictures and beginning to design our adoption brochure and living life… We are especially excited to try out our new snowboards!

More later,

Liss

The Adoption Workshop

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On Thursday we headed to LA for a 2 day adoption workshop with IAC (Independent Adoption Center). As we arrived at the building and rode the elevator up to the 14th floor, I couldn’t help but feel nervous and excitement. I kept thinking how our lives were about to change forever, we’re going to have a family, and this is just the beginning of our journey.

I like to call this "the wall of happy" It showcases families with their babies.

I like to call this “the wall of happy” It showcases families with their babies.

When we opened the door to the office we were greeted by three joyful women. You could feel the office was full of love. In fact, every wall was covered with photos of smiling faces of parents, kids, and birth families. It was in that moment I realized our choice to have an open adoption was absolutely the way to go for our family. Love comes in so many forms; it’s silent, loud, powerful, comforting, supportive, honorable, and sometimes there just aren’t words. I’m exciting to know our future child will get to experience love in so many forms… it will be incredible to watch.

Dan taking notes

Dan taking notes

After a short time, 2 more couples joined us for the workshop. The first day was packed with information. We met our Adoption Coordinator, reviewed the process, learned how to create a letter and online profile, talked about the home study process, discussed adoptive parenting, and discussed tons of questions we all had. The following day we got to meet a birthmother and an adoptive family. What a busy 2 days it’s been! Now, my head is spinning with information, ideas, and to-do’s! All in all, we feel super prepared for what lies ahead. The contracts have been signed and we’re on our way to expand our family!

Following the workshop we had a picnic in Malibu to celebrate

Following the workshop we had a picnic in Malibu to celebrate

So, what’s next? We’ll hopefully go “live” in the next 3-4 months. To go “live” the home study must be complete, all of the documents have to be submitted and reviewed by IAC, and our birthparent letter must be approved, printed, and website complete. Once “live,” perspective birth moms can look for us. Then, it’s kind of like dating until we “match” with a birth mom. That’s when we’ll be in a what can be described as a committed relationship… After that, we wait for the baby to arrive.

How long is the wait? On average wait time for the whole process is about 15 months.

How can you help? Rght now it’s hard to say what exactly we need… but, word’s of encouragement are always appreciated 🙂

More later!

Liss

29 Pages and Counting

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Looks like I’m trading morning sickness for paper cuts… I know this ride won’t be easy, but if it’s anything compared to our last journey, at least I know I have the best partner to get me through the obstacles.

So far we’ve compleated 29 pages of paper work for our home study and for IAC (Independent Adoption Center). Additionaly, our close friends and family members have filled out pages of questions about us, we’ve submitted applications for background checks, turned in our fingerprints, and we have talked to people and read countless books, blogs, and articles to learn more about this journey. Right now our energy is high! We’re excited and ready to become parents. To put it in Dan’s words…”progress is being made!”

Next stop… LA!

Initial conversation with IAC

Initial conversation with IAC

Getting fingerprinted

Getting fingerprinted

ABT National Training Curriculum… I Passed!

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While my students were enjoying a nice break before summer classes started, me and four other teachers, from the studio, decided to try to become ABT National Training Curriculum Certified Teachers. For nine days, from 9am-4pm, we lived and breathed ballet, ballet, ballet! We listened to lectures, created combinations, critiqued, discussed theory, read, took class, and studied our butts off! Now after a month of waiting, I’m happy to announce that I passed!!! I’m an ABT National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher for Pre-Primary-Level 3!