The Ball Has Moved

signing-paperwork
ADOPTION UPDATE!

I’ve received paperwork that my mom and I both had to fill out. It is our previous addresses for the past 5 years. This will start the background check. Unfortunately, because my mom is currently living with me, there are some things she will have to go through as well such as, background check, child protective check, finger-printing, and a physical exam.

I sent back the previous addresses and was able to set up a time for my first meeting with my case worker. It was going to be Jan 11th, however she had to reschedule it to Jan 16th. She said to bring agency #2 process outline so they can schedule things along with them. I’ll also have a written assessment and some homework to do.

The ball has been pushed and is slowly rolling now. I can’t wait to get this show on the road!

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Conflicted Options

In January 2010 I lost my job at a really great company despite the fact that the team I was on was not what I consider a team at all. I was devastated and angry, scared and upset – wondering how I was going to survive on unemployment that barely covered bills and left me little for food, gas, etc.

After nine unsuccessful interviews, I went for my tenth interview and thought this would be the perfect place to work however it was a contract to perm position. I was offered the job and started in August. Yay for me! This was a new position for this team so it was a trial with the anticipation of the position becoming permanent by the end of 2010 – so they said.

It’s been over two years and I’m still a contractor. The pay is great, but lacks benefits such as vacation or sick time, no matching 401k, no bonuses – basically I get paid for hours I work and that’s it. I’ve been fighting each year to become permanent and I really thought this would be the year. The department I’m part of moved under a new, and much better, department so the hopes were¬†definitely¬†there for making this happen.

Between talks with my new director and my boss, I REALLY thought it would happen. I felt good about things for once. Last week my bubble was popped when the bad news that my position becoming permanent wasn’t going to happen this year. After today’s meeting, it was realized that there was a huge misunderstanding so the three of us all were able to get on the same page.

I have options now.

Left Hand | Take the pay cut

  • company benefits (vacation, sick, bonuses, etc)
  • annual raises
  • room for growth in skills
  • can’t save for adoption
  • feel happy and sad

Right Hand | Remain a contractor

  • no benefits
  • higher salary
  • no raises
  • room for growth in skills
  • can save for adoption
  • feel happy and sad

I feel sad and happy…conflicted.

And scared that adoption won’t happen or could be delayed.

What to do.