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Complete Jared and Catherine Payne's Home Study

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In September 2012, Jared and I attended an orientation for adoption through the foster care system at Eckerd Community Alternatives/Lutheran Services Florida in Largo, FL and we knew right away that this was something we wanted to do. We waited until a class was offered in the late winter/early Spring 2013 and began our 10 weeks of training. We completed our training in late Spring , filled out the lengthy applications, did our background checks, gave references and scheduled our home study for August 2013. After 2 visits from the agency that does home studies, we were excited to learn it was complete in September of 2013 and that we now only needed to wait for approval. Jared and I began looking for sibling groups we thought would be a good fit and we were excited to be starting an instant family. Then everything stopped. We heard nothing. Our attempts to follow up went nowhere. Eckerd has "lost our home study", "never received our background check", "lost our fingerprints", and not responded to numerous emails and calls or, responded with no follow up action. Jared and I have been refingerprinted, submitted more background check forms and pleaded with the agency to PLEASE give us a copy of our home study to no avail. We need a copy of our home study in order to proceed with meeting kids and adopting. We have waited nearly 2 years. We feel, while frustrating for us, the real victims of such delays are the thousands of children in foster care hoping for a home. We are sure we are not the only adoptive parents to deal with these delays. Please sign this petition and tell Eckerd Community Alternatives/Lutheran Services Florida to finish our home study and adequately staff their agency to prevent such delays for others in the future. Help build our family and others. Thank You for your support.



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