One done. One to go.
So that was easier than expected.
It’s funny how there is no way to know what it will be like, how much you need to prepare. I feel like we cleaned all night and all morning. Probably because we did. How do two people get a house so messy anyways? It’s me… I admit it. I lay my stuff down wherever.
So, only Jeff had to be home for the first one. The main things they are going to look for (at least that’s what our social worker looked for) is this:
- do you have the right fire extinguisher? 5lbs or more –passed
- fire alarms outside bedrooms (within 10 feet) –passed
- safely heating your home (we were not, our gas heater is too old)
- is your water temp below 120? –passed
- i also think it is important to live in a clean safe neighborhood
- enough beds for the amount of children you want to foster
- all cleaning supplies, toxic, hazardous items locked up with a key (anything with a “keep out of reach of children” label)
There are tons more things on the list, but these are the ones our case worker mostly focused on.
Whew! Not so much to worry about after all! Needless to say we are relieved. She liked the nursery and said we had plenty of room.
What we have left to do:
- get small heaters for the bedrooms and bathrooms that will turn off if knocked over
- change out our main gas heater for a newer model (really would love to replace it with a fireplace)
I have no idea what goes on for the second homestudy. I know she will check to make sure we have the appropriate heaters, but I don’t know what else happens. If you have had a homestudy through DHR I’d love to know what your case worker did/said during your second homestudy.
Good news is she said our paperwork looks good. So that good. Not sure what all that entails or what is left. I’m sure there is more paperwork after the next homestudy. I have no idea how long it will be until children are placed with us.
Trust me, I plan on asking at the next meeting. Which is scheduled next week.
Yay! I feel like all this paperwork stuff will be coming to a close…until adoption paperwork…to be continued…
I know this is all just the beginning. I can’t even imagine what it will be like with all the visits after we have kids. I guess everyone enters into this journey kind of blind. Every child, social worker, and parent is different. We are just going to trust in the Lord and know he will take care of our family.
2 Timothy 2:7
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.