Jeff has been asking for adoption for three years. Out of fear of 'hurting feelings' I kept putting it off until about a year ago. He deserves this. He's already been let down by family once. I realized he'd be let down again without parents to call his own. I've already paid our attorney. We've been to court multiple times. We are finally ready to finalize this adoption.
Then, today happened. Today - after ALL THIS TIME - our attorney says we need a 'study' done by the State of California, along with payment of a hefty fee. All of this I confirmed with the State Adoptions office. We are a private case... so we need to file an additional form and pay them $4,500+ Up front to give him what he has fought so hard for.
Please, anything helps. Sharing helps. Prayers help. I don't want to disappoint him any more.