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Bette and Tina with Andrea’s help spent the next couple of weeks planning and preparing for Logan’s birth and eventual adoption. Maggie made the trip to Bridgeport to meet the couple and to get Marci’s written consent to act on her behalf as the birth mother’s advocate.
As her advocate, Maggie’s primary responsibility was to ensure that Marci was supported throughout the birth experience. Made sure she had a say in her medical treatment and guarded her emotional and mental health. The social worker also liaised between Joyce and Marci’s lawyer Nancy Cooper to make sure all the legal aspects of the adoption plan were adhered to. Ultimately Maggie was someone Marci could count on to look out for her best interest.
Feeling confident that Marci’s wellness was in good hands Maggie focused on working out logistics. Marci’s plan to live in Los Angeles with Bette and Tina to have her baby born in California so they could legally adopt him as a couple was unconventional from the beginning, but this unexpected turn of events whereby they were attending to her away from home in Bridgeport, California added complexity. Fortunately, Maggie had a lot of experience within the social services system and she was resourceful. She instructed Bette and Tina to complete the online Home Study application and provide consents to having criminal background checks, inquiries into their joint finances, proof of their civil union, and requests for medical history, including any mental health problems or addictions. The process was intrusive but understandable to qualify adoptive parents trusted with a child’s care and well-being.
As part of the application process the couple was each required to provide one personal and one professional reference not related to them. They were also advised that Angie would be interviewed as a household member over the age of three. Interviewing other family, friends and associates was at the sole discretion of the case worker.
Bette shared the nightmare she’d experienced when Roberta Collier the case worker for Angie’s adoption took an instant dislike to her. The woman did everything in her power to dissuade Tina from going through with allowing Bette to adopt Angie. Her deliberate efforts to find fault with Bette’s lifestyle, beliefs, and political views were obviously discriminatory. Maggie assured Bette this experience would be different. Not only was the assigned case worker a professional, but he was also ethical and would never use personal bias in his assessment. They would be evaluated as a household to ensure the placement of Logan with their family was a good match, period.