The home investigator was here on Thursday! She pretty much wanted to gossip for three hours ;-) She says our completed file is going to the capital on Monday and our foster license should be issued in a couple of weeks.
As many times as I've heard "a couple of weeks" from these people, it's hard to believe, but I can hope. She also thinks that given our preferred age range, it would be prudent to prepare ourselves for a placement right at the end of the school year, of a child already in the system whose case is being transferred to Adoption Services (this apparently happens before anybody gets TPRed, to which I say WTF, but that's a topic for another thread...)
This lady had worked for social services for 7 years before becoming an independent contractor, and she confirmed a lot of things I've heard about how the process works - both good stuff and bad stuff. So I'm nervous, but it's good to have some feedback that everything I've heard from other people is not nonsense.
Y'know, they may have somebody in mind. The home investigator was sent out at the behest of S, a worker I think of as focusing on recruiting, but she referred several times to how they'll "walk it through if they have a match" and I'd "get a call from S." So it may be that S mentioned to her that she had specific little boy in mind, and will be supervising the placement herself when school ends.
Hoping hoping hoping...
Good Luck...My husband and I just adopted our daughter (newborn) through private adoption. It took 6 months from the completion of our homestudy until our daughter was in our home. We plan to adopt our next child through the state and I have heard that it is more complicated than private adoption. I hope things move smoothly for you...you should start a blog to document the process if you haven't already.