Two more Texas agencies are now under our consideration: Generations in Waco and Gladney in Fort Worth. So many great agencies with a heart to place children in loving homes. It just makes my heart melt to read some of the stories....
But I digress.
We now have four agencies to pick from, since we have ruled out the one in San Antonio. They have a no-corporal-punishment clause, which we just couldn't, in good conscience, consent to signing. I can't swear never to spank, since I don't even know my child yet, and I believe that some children might benefit from loving, controlled, occasional spankings. It's not that it's such a huge deal, but I just thought it was strange that I had to sign away my right to do something that's perfectly legal.
I called the other agencies to inquire about their policies on the topic, and they all sound reasonable (thought I haven't heard yet from the one here in Austin). Most of them just ask that we have wisdom when it comes to corporal punishment, that we see it as just another tool in our toolbox of parenting, not something to use to take out our frustrations. We certainly agreed on that!