Paperworking like a lunatic

Well, we had to find a new agency to do our homestudy, but I am thrilled to report that I’ve handed out reference letters to friends and family, we have our fingerprint appointment this morning, and we have our first homestudy meeting one week from today. We’re on our way! Our new social worker turns out to be the one who did my friend’s homestudy a couple years ago, AND she used to work at our old agency. So she already feels like a friend.

In my typical ridiculously optimistic way, I’m fantasizing about having our homestudy done by early May.

(Song running thru my head this moment: “Impossible?! Impossible things are happening EVERY DAY” Anybody know what movie that song is from? Hint: Whitney Houston sings those lines)

BTW, if you’ve ever wondered how much paperwork is involved in just the homestudy portion of an adoption, go check out my Ethiopia Adoption Blog later today. I’ll be sharing the list that I am currently plowing through.

I also have a new post up over at Larger Families today talking about our $200 bathroom ‘addition’!

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  1. I can’t imagine the work involved. I hope everything falls into place for you!

  2. Mary,

    I think the movie is “Cinderella” with Brandy in the title role.

    Congrats on the progress with your latest adoption. I hope that things continue to move smoothly for you.


  3. I am so excited for you! Glad things are going smoothly and praying they will continue to do so!


  4. I remember the paperwork for our foster adoption. I hate the homestudy cause they were even in our closets. No one should look in someone else’s closets. LOL

    Good luck!

  5. Cinderella!!! One of my kids favorite movies!!!!

  6. Well you’re on your way!!

    I was surprised by the amount of paperwork for our homestudy agency, particularly the personal stuff. Prior to our first appointment, my husband and I each had to answer several pages of paragraph essay- style questions probing just about every general difficult issue that can arise with an adopted child, and then write a 5- page auto-biography. All of that on top of the bank accounts, insurance statements, police clearances, references, etc, etc, etc, and all of that just for the initial homestudy.

    When our county required, basically, their *own*homestudy for re-adoption in the States after the whole, long process, I couldn’t believe it. They didn’t even want to see our original homestudy or any of the three post-placement visit reports.

    Have you noticed how, whenever someone adopts and it’s reported in the news for whatever reason, they usually use phrases like, “On Thursday, she signed adoption papers for…” ? Just like that, it seems! Obviously the aim there is not to detail the process, but it sure does create quite a different impression of what can be involved!

  7. So I always sing that “Impossible” song, even though I only saw that Cinderella movie once. The other one I like is the “Miracles” song from Fiddler on the Roof! Great for tough times! Good luck on everything. I will be looking forward to hearing how it’s going.

  8. WOOHOO!!! I’m so excited for you — jealous, but totally excited!!!!!!

    Mary, this is awesome. Those little guys you picked up will have “people” soon enough 🙂

  9. Congrats on launching your new homestudy and may it go very quickly. As you know, when you get the kiddos home all the paperwork memories fade away.