Homestudy Update

I love a good check list! Well, we are finally checking some things off of our list. A few days ago we completed our home study update. The majority of this was done so this was shorter than the last visit. The women who did our home study was very easy to talk to and made the experience very enjoyable and informative. We are blessed to have an agency with such knowledgeable people.

Below is our agency’s definition of a home study. It might be helpful if you are curious about what it entails.

Home Study
A three-part process required before a child can be placed with a family for foster care or adoption: (1) Written portion includes autobiographies, references, medical reports, financial statements, child abuse and criminal clearances and other written materials; (2) Social work process includes a series of visits in the applicants’ home to discuss a variety of issues from the applicant’s background to their motivations to adopt and their understanding of adoption and parenting; (3) Educational process includes training in adoption and parenting issues. The end result of this process is a written document completed by a licensed agency giving a summary of the applicant’s family life. This document indicates approval of the applicant for adoption (or foster care). It must be updated annually.

In my post about us taking the MMPI,I mentioned that we had to meet with the physiologist before the home study was complete. Well, we are excited to check that off the list! This was a very detailed process. It is important that they really get to know us so we are prepared for this adoption and are matched with children that are best for us. We have answered a lot of questions. But totally worth it!

 

MMPI

Our family is excited to be able to say we are marking things off our adoption checklist!!! Today my husband and I got up early and headed into town to take a 567 question inventory. When you decide to adopt, you really don’t take in EVERYTHING you will have to do. Our agency is very helpful and told us in the beginning what would be required, however you don’t really understand the whole picture until your there.

Remember this form from High School and College! Well, I got very acquainted with it again today! All those feelings of school came rushing back….

STAY IN THE LINES!

scantron-test-illustrationBefore we arrived I had an idea about what the test would be like. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about how long this was going to take me. You see….I analyze EVERYTHING!! So, multiple choice tests are bruttle!

*Ex: Recently on a love languages quiz it asked if I would rather my husband hug me or kiss me?

Well, goodness…..my mind starts thinking…. well I love hugs especially when I need comforted but before we go to bed I want a kiss …….as you can see my mind just thinks of every situation possible.

When we checked into the office, they asked which one of us wanted to take the computer version and which one wanted the scan tron version.

(At this moment I was thinking….not another choice….Noooooo)

So, I picked the paper/pencil and my husband did the computer. We were in separate rooms and had as much time as we needed. To my surprise it was NOT multiple choice. It was true and false! This is not perfect but much better for me. There were some very easy questions and then some you really had to think about. I wasn’t going fast but I thought I was making decent time. Then I saw my husband walk past my room on his way to take a break….later to find out he was finished…..ugh!

Not that is was a race but……

His time: 1hr

Her time: 2hr 10min

Well, the important part is that we finished and we are moving on to the next step. We have an appointment for our update on our home study next week. Then we get to meet with the psychologist the week after that. Our home study will not be official until we get the psychologist’s report.

Please pray for us as we are moving forward. THANK YOU!!

 

 

 

Homestudy

Homestudy……check! They will take a few weeks to type it up and revise it but our part is done. We have had a homestudy done by the state before however, this was different. The questions were more about what we would do in different situations. Luckily, we are both teachers! We have all kinds of tricks up our sleeves! Of course we are not experts and realize that it will be hard, but we are up for the challenge and wonderful blessings!

Basically it was 8 hours of pleasant interrogation. I do have to say that spending hours talking about your life is exhausting! We just wanted to spend some quiet time at home when we were done. I did think it was funny that we are both kinda chatty! At one point I told my hubby to shorten his answers or we were never going to be done. I love that man! Of course I really have no room to talk.

If you have talked to anyone about adoption, you have heard it is a hurry up and wait kind of thing. So, we hurried up to get this homestudy done and now it’s time to wait again. Our next step will be a training that our agency provides. So, pray we are enjoying the time together while we wait! That is something that we have tried to do. There is no need to sit around and worry. We will enjoy our time and do little things to get ready for our children! We pray everyday that our kids are safe and when they are ready to come home….God moves mountains!