We received an email from our Social Worker (who we'll call Jane) this evening letting us know that the independent decision maker had agreed with the recommendation, so we're officially approved as foster carers! Jane has been off sick all week and has only just checked her emails, so we're not sure yet when the decision was actually made. We celebrated with a glass of champagne and commemorated the occasion with a toast and a photo (on a timer as we haven't managed to train Lady to work the camera yet) - to the start of our new lives!
Jane is going to tell the duty team tomorrow, but apparently we're on their radar already so the call could come at any time. Watch this space!