After being on a high of excitement announcing that we are planning to adopt, and receiving so many words of encouragement and support, we slowly came down to reality again and entered a new phase of our journey to adoption…
The Home Study.
We are so thankful to have found a Social Worker who is so easy to work with and allows us to work through this next phase at our own pace, but has always been accessible for all our questions and needs.
The way I look at this phase of adoption is like getting “certified” or “pre-qualified” to adopt.
Completing a home study is not hard, it is just time consuming.
There are multiple forms that need to be submitted from financial history records, FBI background checks, State background check, fertility medical reports, requesting letters of recommendation, a long detailed questionnaire and a few others I can’t remember right now.
I thought that the questionnaire would be the easiest to complete, but surprisingly enough, it has been the most time consuming (especially for Hailame, who isn’t a fan of computers).
Answering questions on what Hailame and I enjoy doing together, describe the make up of my family, how do we resolve conflict, what kind of discipline did our parents raise us on, how we plan to bring up our children, do we have health benefits, describing in detail the home our child will be raised in, the community we live in, etc. etc. etc.
After submitting all the necessary paperwork, our home will be reviewed by our Social Worker to be sure our home is “baby safe,” and after we bring our new baby into our home, there will be a follow up visit from our Social Worker as well.
We are close to completing our home study. So close.
With our Home Study, we are each required to complete 10 hours of Adoption Educational Learning. We can read books, watch videos, and complete online learning courses.
If you know of any good learning resources for us to look into, we are open to any and all suggestions, so please feel free to share your insights!
Happy Wednesday! Enjoy some spiritual enlightenment here!
love, hannah jane