My entire day was consumed with spring cleaning, packing up items for Goodwill, and taking things to the county landfill.
This evening, at 6 PM, I began another portion of cleaning and separating.
In July 2000, I was introduced to Patricia Hill, the executive director of ACTION Adoption Services. My dear friends, Kay and Bill Hetzer, were in the process of adopting their first son, Joey. Shortly thereafter, I filled out my own paperwork to begin the adoption process.
By the fall of 2002, I was fully ensconced with ACTION as a support group leader, an instructor for pre-adoptive classes and ongoing training for adoption and foster care licensing, and serving on the Board of Directors (member, president, vice-president) when I did not have an active file between the adoption of my sons.
Last fall, the agency began the process of merging with National Youth Advocate Program, more familiarly known as NYAP. ACTION will still serve prospective adoptive families, adoptive families with post adoption services, and support group.
I personally believe this merger is quite positive, allowing the agency to fully focus on adoptions and support group, and not be burdened with the licensing, clerical, and fiscal responsibilities.
In fact, I am relieved.
Tonight, the Board of Directors met for the final time. For me, it was bittersweet. The president and I signed over the building, which Pat had purchased, and paid off, to NYAP. At 7:20 PM, we officially dissolved the board, and dismissed for the last time.
Sometimes, spring cleaning can be a loathe-some task, but when it is completed it’s a marvelous feeling.
Everything happens for a reason.