This post was originally published on AdoptionBlogs.com on July 28, 2010. Republished here with permission.
Yesterday, we went to the package store to have our home study risk release notarized. We then stuffed a thick bunch of papers into a Priority Mail envelope. When weighed, it came to 1.62 pounds. We mailed it off.
Almost all of our home study paperwork is done!
No, that 1.62 pounds did not constitute all of the paperwork. We’re waiting on three items:
- Guardianship form
- Life insurance for me (but that’s another post)
- Financial statement (which must include the life insurance)
Now that we have sent off the paperwork, we can have the first of our three (I think) home visits with the social worker. Of course, we still need to put the baseboards in the living room (long story), figure out what to do with our stairs (longer story), and build an addition (but that’s another post).
We also need to complete the paperwork to sign with a highly recommended facilitator that operates out of a nearby city. I have a feeling that we’ll learn a lot from them, but I’m pretty sure that the process will not go quickly.
You see, in 2005, I didn’t have a job. All I had to work on was the adoption and my sister’s wedding. After my sister got married, I devoted my life to the adoption. In one month, we had completed most of our home study paperwork, created an adoption profile book, and gone active with our (horrid) facilitator.
In 2010, not only do I have a job, I have a 4-year old. I have friends now, too, who want to do fun things, like go to the water park, which is a lot more fun than reading about transracial adoption. Adoption-related paperwork is a full time job. It just is. It’s not all that hard, it’s just time consuming.
Of course, in the end, it will all be worth it. It would be lovely if the end were to come sooner, rather than later.