Pennsylvania state law says that a child must live in your home for 6 months before you can file for adoption. Today makes 6 months and one day since 2 amazing children entered my home. (Reminder-I can't post their names publicly.)
Today is also the day that I could lose them. A permanency hearing is scheduled for 3:00 this afternoon. It is expected to take about 4 hours, because CYS and the paternal grandmother are in strong opposition as to what is best for the kids.
If the judge rules in favor of CYS, I can file to adopt the girl and begin adoption prep for the boy. If the judge rules in favor of the paternal grandmother, I may never see them again. The judge could also decide to give the paternal grandmother more time to prove that she is able to care for the kids. This would mean more uncertainty for all. And, as we all know, waiting is the hardest part.
I covet your prayers that 1.) the hearing actually happens. It has been post-poned twice already. 2.) that the judge would rule in favor of CYS and we can officially begin our "forever family." 3.) for peace and comfort for everyone involved.
It's going to be a long day, but I know that whatever happens, God is with us.