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! 🙂