Monday, July 7, 2014

paperwork...just the start

My mom's most frequently asked question about our adoption is whether we're done with the paperwork yet.

Nope.  The fun's just starting!

I had to take over my sewing table a few days ago to get the home study-related paperwork completed and thankfully, I got the biggest chunk of it mailed off to our agency - finally.  While I know we're nowhere close to being done, it's nice having a chunk of it off my to do list even if it's in the short-term.

 

 
For those of you who are interested, here's the sort of paperwork we had to send in for the home study:
  • Affidavit of health insurance coverage
  • Criminal background checks from each city and county we have each lived in for the past five years
  • Financial statement
  • Parental discipline policy
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage license
  • Special needs placement questionnaire (more on that another day)
  • Education documentation (more on that another day too)
  • A bunch of other random disclosures and documents
 
Our caseworker will then take her notes from our four in-person visits and put them together with these documents and will write up the formal home study.  We're not done with the paperwork after that by any means, but it's kind of a door that unlocks everything else -- starting the dossier (the official portfolio per se that will travel to China) and applying for most grants.
 
The time frame we're still looking at to complete the home study is another 6-8 weeks.

1 comment:

Colleen S said...

Thanks for the updates and sharing your positive attitude about all of this. God has obviously placed this on your hearts and I feel so blessed to at least observe your journey from afar.