We raised our fostering age from 0-12 months to 0-2 years. We are also having our profile presented for SNAP certification (possibly in October, possibly not til next year, you never can tell with the state), which means that we'd then be eligible to adopt waiting children with special needs. I'm working towards my required foster license renewal hours at a snail's pace; I feel like the system doesn't need me, so my motivation is pretty low.
We just have not seen much action from the adoption side of the house, nor the fostering either. Feeling peace with whatever comes, just not quite ready to pack up/give away the baby things yet. At one point, I had looked into sitting for an 18 month old one day a week - it didn't work out, but perhaps offering professional childcare on some level will soothe my desire to nurture another little one and give the Nugget a faux sibling experience? Not sure what life has in store, and for the first time in a long time, maybe ever, I feel like that's ok.
We finally got our tax credit for 2009 adoption expenses. We really weren't sure if the IRS was ever going to come through, but are very thankful to have that. If you are not familiar with the credit, it provides enough tax relief to make adoption financially possible for many adoptive families; we still are required to pay costs up front, but we receive some of it back with our tax refund. This has been especially important with the number of disruptions we've faced. Nearly every year, Congress debates about whether to extend the credit law for another year or discontinue it. Removing this credit would put adoption out of reach for most would-be adoptive families and would limit the choices for birthfamilies, so I encourage you all to write your reps and tell them you support the adoption tax credit. Write your Rep here and your Senator here.