We first found out about Fatima during the autumn of 2015.
I think we saw her photograph on the SWAN website (Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network) and asked our caseworker for more information.
We had been in the search process for almost a year-and-a-half and hadn’t had any luck … and were trying not to get discouraged … Eventually, we received Fatima’s profile along with an email from one of her caseworkers stating that … [the] case required special consideration.
To be frank, Fatima … had been through much, and it showed. Nonetheless, we decided to go through with the interview and see where that took us. We figured that saying yes to the interview didn’t mean we were saying yes to the placement and it would give us an opportunity to discover more.… Many people told us not to go through with it … but there was something about this child that made us keep saying yes.