The first milestone in the adoption process starts next week. We have chosen a hague certified adoption home study provider in Indiana. A home study takes anywhere from 1 - 3 months to complete and is a fairly extensive process. This process involves education and preparation as well as the gathering of information about the prospective parents. We have to gather a number of financial documents, health certifications, criminal background checks, fingerprinting, references, family photos, (take a breath)... multiple in home visits, interviews, Hague training, and the list goes on... The task seems daunting at first but we are going into this process with a very positive attitude. I have already been pushed to take action on a number of household items that I have "been meaning to get around to" for a while now.
While I have a house full of children, they are not little anymore and I quickly realized that my house needs "child proofed". Broken plastic ring on the play set, fixed. Apparently little kids do not do well with big steps and require a gate to keep them safe... Who knew! <-- a joke of course... I found use for the plastic electrical outlet protectors I have "been meaning to get rid of" for a while now :-) While I was 'in the fixing mood" my wife took the opportunity to get a few items, not related to the home study, knocked off the list as well. If I ever see another bag of landscaping rocks I might scream!