Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Seven Step Journey

So, we've been doing some reading in preparation for tomorrow night's orientation class. We found this great "pocket guide" to download and print on the adoptUSkids website with a nice little checklist of the steps to the adoption process, along with some other great information. But, you know how much Tara loves a checklist, so here it is:
  1. First Contact
  2. Initial Orientation
  3. Pre-Service Training
  4. Application Process
  5. Mutual Assessment and Home study
  6. Licensing and/or Approval
  7. Placement
It was great to see that we can already check off step one and will be able to check off step two after tomorrow night! 

Just coming up with some questions, now, to ask at tomorrow night's orientation session. The obvious ones, of course, are:
  • How long will it be before having a child placed with us?
  • What are the costs and fees?
  • What kind of contact, if any, will the birth family and/or the foster family be allowed to have with the child?
Any questions that you want to know? 

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