Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's official - we are physically and mentally fit to be parents.

We both had our doctor's appointments this week. Tabb also had his one-on-one with the social worker. We should be getting a draft of our homestudy for approval this week. Next up is getting our employment verified - Tabb already got his, but my letter was lost somewhere - and an affidavit from Tabb's health insurance. Then we need to identify locally and contact:
  • an early intervention specialist
  • an international clinic & a pediatrician (I'm assuming these can be combined in a pediatrician who specializes in international adoption)
  • a therapist
  • an interpreter
  • family respite care
Also we need to identify and interview at least two families who have adopted toddlers from Ethiopia. And we have some more online courses to take, I think.
Taking it one step at a time...


  1. Amazing..... I have been watching how your homestudy went because we used the same agency. One thing I wish they would change is that I wish they would NOT allow their social workers to have l0 weeks to write the homestudy after the final visit. That is INSANE. While most are professional, and would never take l0 weeks, it gives them the option. Mine infomed me she had l0 weeks to write it, and i literally kept after her, but I could not budge her. She just replied "I can write it in a day." That wasn't reassuring ... About 8 weeks into it with no draft, I went bonkers with the agency, and they were wonderful. An email from them, and she did it the next day. I was curious to see if it was the normal for their social workers, but obviously not...

    There was a woman there I worked EXTREMELY closely with.. in charge of the Korea program I think.. she and I worked through my homestudy and got all of the inaccuracies fixed. Without her, I am sure I would still not have a homestudy.

    Congrats on hitting the jackpot with the social worker. ;-)

  2. We have done that crazy toddler adoption thing! I would be happy to talk to you about it if you would like. My e-mail is
    Don't know if you needed someone from your agency or just any old person..ha! : )

  3. Yep, you are on your way! Good luck!

  4. Congrats on another milestone. We are just now getting around to those online courses. Not finding them very useful - reading blogs has been more helpful for me!

  5. Jennifer - we haven't gotten it yet, so maybe I spoke too soon! I certainly hope it doesn't take 10 weeks. :(
    Cindy - I would definitely like to talk to you about your experience. I'll email you when I get a free moment, and maybe we can set up a chat...?
    Kristin - We've done one online course already, and I agree. The books we've gotten, and all the blogs we're reading are far more useful.
    Everybody - thank you for your support!!! We really appreciate it!