Adopting Intentionally – Day 15
For 31 Days I will blog about Adopting Intentionally, you can find an overview and links to daily posts here.
Having a home study sounded a bit daunting to us. We lived in a condo at the time.
What would we be judged by square-footage, cleanliness, our hospitality?
The answer: none of the above.
We have had a number of home studies, and we have been judged on one thing (see below), the rest of the time has been purely a positive part of the process.
The home study is not a set of hoops for a couple to jump through. Instead it provides another opportunity for contact between the couple and the agency.
It does provide insight to the social worker as to what might be a good fit for you and the child, but it is not about judging as much as it is about educating and learning.
The social worker will continue to educate you about what to expect as you walk through the adoption process and then she will purposefully learn more about you and your lifestyle by being in your home.
And what one thing was consistently evaluated? We have found the one requirement in our home studies has been detectors. Our fire and carbon dioxide detectors have been checked.
Put batteries in those detectors and relax.
Intentionally think about how you would like your time with the social worker to go and prepare for that.