So, in the next 6 months, 1 week, and 5 days (as of today, not that I'm counting) I have a TON of stuff to do to be able to bring this baby home when he/she is born. Here goes:
The Mother of all To-Do Lists
-Complete a Homestudy which encompasses:
- Attending 12 hours of classes (that occur 1.5 hours away, on weeknights in 4 hour increments)
- Filling out a very large and specific application and turning it in with pictures of us
- My husband and I each filling out several pages of personal questions encompassing our entire life. Our home growing up, our parents, our religion, our habits, our views on parenting...and on, and on
- A social worker interviewing us together in his office
- Providing certified copies of birth certificates, and our marriage license
- Each of us having a physical
- Getting fingerprinted
- Having above social worker come into and inspect our home (which involves having all chemicals, cleaning agents, and medications in a locked space)
- Being individually interviewed for 2 hours a piece by said social worker
- Making sure all our animals (4 dogs and 2 cats) have their vaccines up-to-date and documented
-Fulfilling the ICPC requirements (a process required when the adopive child is coming from another state). Something I'm sure I'll blog about later.
-Helping our lawyer facilitate getting the birthparents rights terminated
Sadly, I'm sure I'm missing something. But, this list will be my guide through this process. I will probably refer to it again as I can cross things out, more just to show myself that I'm making progress. I will go through this humbly, and not complain because I realize that these processes are put in place to keep children safe, and I cannot argue that. But, I will say, that there are plenty of parents out there that would not "pass" this process, and it's simply...as I've said before: not fair.
Happy trails to us.....