Last Friday, E and I went down to MA to his social worker’s office. There, we signed open adoption agreements for both of his biological parents. His bio dad was not there, but his bio mom came in once we had signed (she did her signing before we got there). This is a huge step, as his bio mom has pulled us back and forth a little bit in this area, but the agreement means the appeal of ruling which terminated her parental rights will be dropped, opening the way for the petition for adoption. It also opens a path for E to have a relationship with his bio mom (and potentially his two siblings), which I think is good for everyone.
We have kept our celebrations low-key, though, because it’s not official until it’s filed with the court, which can’t happen until DCF approves it, and that lag time means bio mom could still back out. So, once again, we just wait and hope and try to live the day to day.