Thursday, July 25, 2013
Home-study Update #2
We are two-thirds of the way through our Home-study interviews! Our first interview was on July 9th, and has been the longest one so far. This interview included all of our family for a short part of it and just we parents for the rest of the 3-1/2 hours. It also included giving our social worker a tour of our home. We had a lot of questions about how this might work but were pleasantly surprised to see that the home "inspection" was not a rigid, white glove inspection of every aspect of our home, but more like a guided tour for him to see the layout of it. Information discussed for our first meeting included such things as what led us to adopt, current children's personalities, current children's view of the upcoming adoption, and reviewing paperwork that was sent in previous to our meeting.
Our second interview was on July 24th and only included the parents. Since we had to drive a little more than an hour from our home to meet our social worker, it was a great time to get a sitter to leave the kiddos with and have some time together during the drive. We met at a library. The first part of this time was spent with all three of us talking together, then we had some separate conversations with our social worker for about 30 minutes each. Some information discussed in this interview included childhood, our relationship with extended family, getting to know a more about our personalities and interests, our marriage, future goals, and areas of strengths and weaknesses for both of us. Though we have heard that some of these interviews are really invasive in the information they ask, neither of us have felt that way with either of the two meetings we have had. Our third and final interview is scheduled for next week, and we should have a written Home-study report ready to go within a few days after that. We are excited about the steps we have been able to take in the last month to make this adoption journey a reality. Thanks for following along!
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