Thursday, May 8, 2014

Doesn't Anyone Care About Trees?

Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic. 

We got our packet last week from Bethany and it was jacked full of paperwork. Our case worker, Bonnie, asked that we fill it out to the best of our ability, send it back in, and we could get started with the interview part of the home study. 

I'm sure this is just the start of all of the paperwork we'll be providing, and let's be honest, it's not that much. 

According to our International Adoption Family Checklist, we need to fill out/provide the following:

  • SAFE Questionnaire–questions regarding your relationship with your parent/guardian 
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Guardian form
  • Family history data
  • Adoptive family information sheet–basic information about us, i.e. name, address, date of birth
  • Affdavit of health insurance
  • Medical exam 
  • Employer reference
  • Criminal background–including a set of fingerprints for each of us
  • Parental discipline policy form–instructs that discipline is a necessary part of parenting and is taught biblically
  • Duty of disclosure
  • Last three years tax forms
  • Financial statement
  • Reference letters–four personal references, one may be a relative 
  • Verification of employment 
  • Bethany permission/concent form–permission for our employers to share information on us 
  • Prospective adoptive parent training requirement–we need to take 30 hours of educational training. Classes they've had so far are language acquisition, and sexual behavior problems. 
Phew. That's it. 

We've got most of it filled out, and are getting our fingerprints done (the police station only takes appointments a couple days a week). So once all is complete, we'll send 'er in. After they receive our paperwork, we'll be in contact with our social worker, and set appointments to meet. 

I know this is only the beginning. And it's such an exciting time in our family. 

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