By Heidi Heidi Says …
Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork! I went over this when answering the question about paperwork, but there is a lot of paperwork that you will fill out and gather that your agency will use to “screen” you. They need to make sure, first and foremost, that you are who you say you are (that you’re “legal”). Different agencies and different countries have requirements that need to be met in order for adoption to be allowed – so they need to make sure that you are the right age, in the right income bracket, etc. to be able to adopt a child from that country.
But, I think the most important way that parents are screened – and the most dreaded – is the Home Study.
Looking back on our first home study, I have to admit that I was a nervous wreck. I cleaned and straightened the house for days before our scheduled date and time. We had no idea what to expect, but we were both scared. What if this social worker didn’t find us to be fit or found issues with our house that wouldn’t allow us to adopt?
That home study is a bit of a …read more