So it has been a long time since I have written about our foster to adopt process and where we are in it. There has been a lot of hurry up and wait (perhaps that is why I haven’t written a lot – I wanted you all to share the bureaucratic experience!). In any case, I shall try to catch up. (Note, after I finished writing this blog post, I decided to split it up into sections. Today is application and paperwork day.)
First there was the 15 page application. This starts with the basics for each parent (name, birth date, address, etc.). Then they ask so much more: previous marriages, other children or folks living in the home, pets, income, asset and debt lists, health and life insurance info, description of your home and transportation, church affiliation, legal issues, health history (including hospitalizations, chronic illness, therapy/counseling), educational background, employment history, basic info for each of the of applicants parents (including education, occupation, religion, and health), sibling basics, military history, matrix of what type of children you are willing to parent, and a reference list (employer, personal, neighbor, and relatives).
When filling out forms like these, I am glad to be semi-organized and a bit of a pack-rat. We got this done in April.
Once you get all that information in, you get the check list of additional information to gather and submit which includes: copies of drivers licenses, list of residences for 10 years, criminal check consent, child protective services involvement consent form, criminal history and central registry check form, FBI check (where you go and get fingerprinted), family photo, photos of the exterior of your home, most recent 1040 tax return, marriage certificate, most recent diplomas, floor plan with room dimensions, pet rabies vaccinations, basic medical evaluation form to be completed by your physician, and TB screening form. And because we haven’t been Texas residents for five years they had to redo all the criminal background forms for Maryland.
We finished this in May, while we were in our Parent Resource for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) class. I’ll describe PRIDE tomorrow.
It was hard to imagine after all this that there could be anything left to ask us in the home study, but little did we know…