A home study is a detailed report of your family prepared by a social worker. Through a series of visits or interviews a social worker gathers a complete picture of who you are and what life is like in your family. The home study includes an autobiography and family background information. They take a look at your neighborhood, community, and schools. They require a physical exam so they can gather your physical health information. You must share your financial statements and your financial background. You have to obtain criminal clearances (got the fingerprints done today). Then they require many references from friends, family, and people in your community. We must be certified in infant CPR and First Aid (I'm in class this Saturday). You must have a will and proof of life insurance.
During the interview the social worker makes sure your home is safe and healthy for a child. We have to have the house "baby proofed". You have to share a safety plan incase of fires or natural disasters. The "getting to know you" information includes an individual chronological autobiography, immediate family health, educational background, work experience, your personality info as well as your parents and family members personality information. The list continues, however you get the idea.
Needless to say we have our work cut out for us for the next few weeks. I'm actually looking forward to getting through it and letting it lead the way to our little one. I continue to remind myself of why this all is necessary and did happen to mention to the home study social worker that this all should be necessary for anyone to parent a child. After this our ducks should be all in a row. Until the first night of crying chaos of course. Then I'll just be happy to be only a 3 hour time zone difference away from my mother.
So, closing for now and off to add ink to the first of many forms.
Love to you all! And, thanks for all your support and prayers!