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.
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!