Jazz here. I wanted to take a moment to tell you all that, over Easter, my older brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Colleen, let us all know they’ve decided to start the adoption process. It’s not a long process and not terribly difficult or expensive. The State of Ohio seems eager to have them involved. While I don’t begrudge them the ease with which they will accomplish this, I am envious. When the time comes, as Thorny has mentioned before, such things will not be so easy for me and him.
But this is a happy time for the whole family, and all of us are particularly proud of Mike and Colleen for deciding to adopt teenagers and possibly siblings. I’m thrilled by that because I imagine there’s always a rush for babies and toddlers, but those older kids, who are fully aware of their circumstances, may not appeal as much to some parents. “Someone else’s teens?” a friend of mine asked, clearly aghast. I understand, since he has two of his own. It strikes me, though, that these kids could very well be desperate for a home and people who give a damn. Not that foster care isn’t potentially very supportive, but it doesn’t sound permanent to me. The instability of that combined with the ticking clock of impending adulthood would’ve terrified me as a kid.
For now, Mike and Colleen have to take classes on parenting and be investigated in various ways to make sure they’re suitable parents. All of us may be interviewed and, since Mike and Colleen have said they’ll make sure it’s known they’re interested in adopting LGBTQ kids specifically, I’m confident the interviews will go well.
I’m also very proud of my family.
I’ll be sure to keep up on this going forward. If any of you are interested, this is the site they used to begin their search.