Okay, so today was our in-home evaluation, and it went just swimmingly! Or at least, it seemed to; we’ll find out when our social worker sends us a draft. Dante had a great time talking to her. It seemed she had just as good of a time, too: she even read “I’m a Little Teapot” to him!
So, the next thing we do is Nean and her mom are going to work on a specialized family scrapbook, that birthparents will check out to see if they think we’d be good parents. And from there? We wait. We’ve been told from here it could be anywhere from 2 months to 2 years. So, we’ll work on turning the guest room into Dante’s new bedroom, and getting the nursery ready for a new little one, and other little household projects here and there. And also work on saving up the fundage to actually pay for all of this! Fun stuff. 🙂
We’re on our way! Woo-hoo!
I can’t begin to tell you how many people ask me on a fairly regular basis, “So how’s that adoption thing coming along?” My usual response is usually something to the effect of, “It’s coming along. It’s a lot of rush, rush, rush… wait…. rush, rush, rush… wait…” Sadly, that is the nature of the process. Hurry up and get all the paper work in so that you can wait for the evaluation of it and then get more paper work to fill out.
This morning we had our first of three interviews in the home study process. This was two hours of us and the social worker, Mary Beth, talking about our relationship, our jobs, our lifestyle, and anything else she decided to ask about. It was actually rather fun. Aside from the lack of sleep last night in anticipation. Turns out that Mary Beth is really nice (go figure, huh?). The whole interview was much less daunting than some would assume (actually far less painful than the actual preparatory questionnaire and forms).
Near the end of the interview we had to answer a bunch of yes/no questions that had to do with some of the legal aspects of the process. Here’s the part that made us feel good about how things were going:
“Have you ever been rejected in a home study or adoption program?”
“No… not yet…”
“Well, it looks like you should be okay this time too!”
Next up is… more forms (including physicals and more financial documentation). Our next interview will be 4/23 and that will be individuals (while one of us talks with Mary Beth the other will watch a video of some sort) and then a week later will be the in-home evaluation (assuming all our papers are done by then).
Stay tuned for more details! 🙂