So, apparently I was a little confused as to how things worked with our adoption home study. After our last visit, I assumed that we could not be considered waiting until our home study was in it's final form and we received our foster license (needed for domestic adoptions in WI). I was waiting (not so) patiently and emailed our social worker to see how she was doing on things and told her we were excited to be approved.
After a couple of emails, it turns out, there is no doubt that we are "approved" and that we can actually be considered by birth parents RIGHT NOW! Because we have completed all background checks, interviews, paperwork, training (except for one next week), we are ready! After the home study is written in it's final form, we'll receive a copy of the foster license and I believe the home study, but really, that doesn't need to be there in order for us to move forward.
We are waiting for our sample profile to be delivered to our house, because I want to make sure it looks great in print before I order a bunch of copies for the agency. Once we have the copies delivered to the agency, I'm sure it will feel like we are officially WAITING. For now, I'm working on creating some cards that we can hand out for networking purposes and I have set up an email address and a facebook page especially for our adoption contacts.
At this point, I want to ask each and every one of you to cross your fingers, your toes, your eyes - everything! Hope that this will be a short wait for us and that we will be connected with our baby very soon, because I can't wait to really start this adventure of parenting!