How about that? I blogged two days ago and I'm already back... see, I told you that I'd try to keep up with things more often again!
Okay, okay, so I still haven't set an actual blogging schedule or anything, but I did have some really cool news to share, so I figured that this is the perfect place to do it.
I officially sent in my home study application today!
Wow, let me just tell you that private adoption is no joke. Actually, my parents had to go through a home study to become licensed to foster, so they probably went through all of this as well. There's a lot, and I do mean a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out at the beginning of this whole process.
To give you an idea of what the process entails, here's what I did just today, after all of the forms were filled out and important documents were pulled out from filing cabinets and I had emailed back and forth with the home study agency's director more times than I can count over a three month period...
- Scanned 16 documents into my computer
- Almost all of these were multiple pages, double-sided
- The largest files were 10 and 8 pages long, which meant scanning 20 and 16 sides into the computer
- Tried to email all 16 scanned documents, plus the 5 files that were already saved on my computer to the agency
- The 20 page document was too large of a file and had to be sent separately, so I sent 20 documents instead of 21
- In between sending the first email and second email, of course my sisters needed me for something, so I stepped away from the computer for 5 minutes
- By the time I got back to the computer, I already had an email back from the agency's director saying that all but 3 of the files had opened properly on her end
- Those 3 files were some that had already been saved on my computer
- Took the paper copies of the 3 files that didn't send and scanned those into my computer as new documents
- Sent a second email with the 20 page document and the 3 documents that didn't work the first time
Whew, it was a long day... and I'm telling you it took hours to get everything together in one spot and organize myself and my sister to complete all of the scanning. I couldn't have finished everything today without her help. She literally sat at the opposite end of the table from me, next to the printer, and I would pass down papers to her. She'd then put them on the scanner and I could hit "scan" from my computer. Then she'd pass the finished papers back so I could keep them organized... it was a whole ordeal. But now my little sisters don't need to ask me if I'm done every single day anymore!
On the bright side, I now have 21 documents completely sent over to the home study agency showing that I'm ready to go for my home visit! Surprisingly, I still have three more parts of the home study application to complete, but I can't take care of those until life resumes as normal after this Coronavirus pandemic (like fingerprinting, getting forms signed by a doctor...). Oh, and I also can't actually have the home visit done until the pandemic calms down, so even though I sent everything else in today, I'll probably be waiting a couple of months to have a completed home study.
The past few months have been filled with a ton of work between filling out papers, signing forms, taking parenting training classes, and asking a ton of questions.... and it's all absolutely worth it!
Thanks for coming back to Taylor Talks! I look forward to sharing even more about my adoption process with you in the future... that is why I started this blog after all.