Today’s Spring Break Task: Sitting down with the adoption home study paperwork for the first time. We had originally hoped that we could get this done quickly, but now we know that it will be at least the end of May before we can turn in everything since our physicals are scheduled for after the academic year ends. That was a particular problem: I never get sick, but when I do, I usually just go to an Urgent Care or something. Thankfully, The Coach’s doctor is going to take me on as a new patient, so that little issue is solved. That said, I still don’t know why the State needs to know our “infertility” status. I’d like to just say, “I’m 43, duh.” I’m just going to have to get used to the State invading our privacy. Sigh.
Just in case you were wondering, the paperwork’s pretty extensive:
Security and Criminal Checks | This includes a local background check by the county sheriff’s department for anyone over the age of 18, a statewide criminal history background check; a state CPS Check; and an FBI fingerprint check.
Things About Us | Physicals for all members of the household; a foster/adoptive family inventory; a supplemental inventory form; birth certificates for every member of the household; our marriage license (which I have to order because ours burned up in a fire a long time ago); copies of our drivers’ licences; copies of our vehicle registrations; a copy of our current automobile policy.
Things About Our Pets | Copies of the dogs’ and cats’ vaccination records.
Things About Our House | A copy of our most recent water bill to show we are on city water (otherwise you have to have a copy of the water analysis for your well water).
Things About the Types of Kids We are Willing to Adopt | A Child Behavioral/Health Challenges Checklist.
They also ask for copies of divorce decrees, but since neither of us have ever been divorced that’s a non-issue. Plus, at one point someone said something about death certificates, but we don’t need to worry about that either.
At first, I thought the well water thing was odd, until I realized that they were probably worried about nitrates (example: blue babies) and Atrazine (re: bladder cancer). Our State is a bread-basket state (well, if you include corn bread) and the Atrazine thing is a real concern (especially since our state recently received a hefty settlement).
Once the paperwork is in, we’ll have to have two home visits. The first one is theoretically to tell us just how unsafe our house is; the second one is to make sure we have fixed all the things. Of course, we haven’t been able to shake loose a list of things we need to do the house, but rumor has it that we need Carbon Monoxide detectors, smoke alarms (on every floor) and fire extinguishers (also on every floor). Well, that and no wires hanging out of the walls — we’ve been told that numerous times.
Anyways: My day will be focused on finding as many of these forms on the ‘net as possible. My handwriting is too big for the space that the state provides and, quite frankly, I type faster than I write. Wish me luck!