We completed our first adoption home study in 2016.
I will never forget the feeling I had before our adoption caseworker came in to our home for the first time. Every day leading up to the appointment I was sick to my stomach wondering what else I could/should/need to do for her to like our family, approve of our home and sign us off with flying colors. What a terrible thing to be asking yourself, right?
We were given a checklist from our adoption agency listing the things that needed to be done to our home. This included things like having an up to code fire extinguisher, first aid kit, emergency exit plan, making sure the cleaning solutions were stored away from a child's reach. We had to be sure that we had active carbon monoxide and fire alarms throughout our home, etc, Along with this we were told that we would be getting interviewed as a couple and separately (yes, I was shocked too).
With spending weeks prior to this date cleaning every inch of our house, dreading the idea that she was going to interview us and making sure that we completed the checklist just so. I look back and laugh at how worried I was.
It turns out that our caseworker was then and is still on our team! She loves adoption and she wanted and still wants to see a child placed in our arms (we are in the midst of our second adoption). With that being said, she so kindly held our hand on the journey to signing off our in home study visits with flying coloring. Her job was to complete our home study to make us an active family in the adoption process. How wonderful is that? This was our goal too! I hope that you find even the slightest bit of peace and joy from our experience. It has been a good one!
adoption takes a village. please leave your questions and comments below if you have or have not yet endured the in home visit portion of your adoption home study.
With love from my family to yours,