Well, it is NEARLY official. The home study, that is. We have done our part. What a huge project…complete! I was able to proof read it this evening (an email attachment from the social worker) and Chris will likely be able to do that in the next couple days as well. As our last two letters of recommendation come in, it will be officially printed up and ready to distribute as we desire. This can be to an adoption agency or even just to keep for ourselves, until needed.
When I wrote the previous post I didn’t feel like it could actually be accomplished, but item by item, we were steadily able to cross another thing off the “To-Do” list. No, it didn’t take us one month, but two. Still, we weren’t racing for a deadline, and I am pleased.
Are you interested in what this actually consisted of, for us? Surely it could vary, depending on who is doing the home study, but I’m guessing it isn’t too far from normal, either…. Mrs. F. told us that many are state requirements.
Just kidding! It all fit in one file folder!
(I don’t know why it is cutting off the right side of the box I pasted, but you get the idea!)
Are you intimidated? Don’t be! Really. I was, but if we can do it with three kids in the house, at all times, then don’t let the home study discourage you from pursuing adoption. Ours was set up so that we clicked on each heading and printed out the necessary form. That helped immensely as I was able to see the big picture from the start and work through them as I was able. I tried doing the forms that needed to be mailed to others first so they could get a start too. Also, once I realized that Mrs. F’s goal was to help us, not deem us unacceptable, I had a “can do” attitude! It made a difference to be able to pick up the phone or email and get an answer within minutes or certainly the same day.
The home study remains valid for one year in Florida. As I understand it, if we haven’t adopted by the time we move to CA, and adopt there instead, then we will have to have it updated for the new state. This would certainly be minimal since we have done the big project the first time around. We are told they would come see our new house, update the address and job info, and hopefully not much more than that. I’ll let you know if I experience it! Also, if we already have moved to CA and return to FL because of a child in FL then it would still need to be updated for CA (since that is where we would be living).
That is just a quick overview because I’m up too late. I didn’t really set out to write this update tonight!