It is with immense joy that I share the news I received this evening:
At 2:30 p.m. today, Oliver's birthfather relinquished his parental rights. He also signed, with no alterations, the Open Adoption Agreement we so prayerfully crafted.
We are 50% of the way there.
On July 23rd, Oliver's birthmom will be given a final opportunity to relinquish rights and also sign an Open Adoption Agreement. If, at that time, she chooses to proceed to trial, she will lose the option of having any contact with Oliver post-adoption.
Her case is very, very weak and her lawyer is urging her to spare us all the indignities of a parade of evidence pointing to her inability to parent. I am taking a more spiritual long view of the situation; perhaps this is God's plan. Only He knows. May HIS will--not my impatience--be done!