Did you know that people spend on average two years just thinking about International Adoption? Are you paralysed by fear?
When I think about it and the sorts of fears/concerns people have I realize that the thoughts are quite irrational and bear no relation to the reality. Sometimes you just need to take the plunge and see where this journey in your life takes you.
The homestudy is a process that provides a picture of the potential and adoptive parents.
Your Social Worker will complete the homestudy
It can take several weeks to several months to complete
You will need letters from your current employers and possibly some previous employers
You will need a health assessment
Letters of reference
A series of visits to your home by your Social Worker
The documentation requirements vary according to where you live and to which country you want to adopt from. When the homestudy is complete, your Social Worker will prepare a report about you and your family.
Many people get caught up in thinking the Social Worker is coming to see how clean and tidy your home is. This is not the case, they need to get to know you.
Don’t agonise over your house, remember it is a home…….
What advice would you give to somebody starting out on their Home Study?