One of the most frightening and mysterious aspects of adoption or foster care is the home study. The thought of having your life and family scrutinized makes people uneasy. It needn't be so. The homestudy is actually a straightforward process that provides an opportunity for self-awareness. A home-study entails the following:
These include:* marriage certificate * divorce decrees * birth certificates * references from family members and/or friends and/or employers; it is advisable to request permission from these people to use them as references and let them know when paperwork is on it's way. It's helpful, too, to follow up 10 days or two weeks later to ensure they returned the forms. * verification of income * financial statement and/or tax records
The home-study requires a commitment of time and energy. It also requires some introspection and readying yourself for the big change that is about to occur. It does not have to be a daunting process and can actually be a smooth and easy process if you are well prepared. Good luck!
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