Schedules can get hectic, so make an appointment with your doctor to obtain a health statement, which will be required as part of the home study.
Make sure your home meets state standards, such as working smoke detectors, safe firearm storage and adequate space for each child.
Major parenting and family issues that are likely to come up include your views on discipline, child care, parenting roles, religion, etc. as well as your reasons for adopting. Set time aside long before the social worker visits to discuss these topics with your spouse.
You will be required to submit non-family references to your social worker, so begin to confirm which friends and coworkers are willing to provide a testimonial of your character when the time comes.
The goal of the home study is to place the right children with the right families, so your social worker is working in the best interests for everyone involved. So get your documents in order and smile. You are on your way to opening your home to a child in need of a great family like yours!
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