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In our previous adoption, the home study was done by the agency we were using (AWAA).  In this instance, One World Adoptions does not have an office in Arizona (no, it has nothing to do with SB 1070).  So, a local agency will be doing our home study.

We were not sure what to expect the first time.  We had heard some horror stories.  The social worker who came had adopted internationally before and was very helpful.  She barely looked around the house.  I guess she figured the rest was in similar condition as the common areas (which Amie keeps pretty clean).  It was a new home when I’d bought it, so it wasn’t very old at the time.

We don’t remember having to do much paper work ahead of time.

This go around is different.  We received a packet of over 21 pages needing to be filled out.  It was fairly exhaustive.  At times quite repetitious.   Trying to catch us in lies?  Some of the questions, in light of who we are, were kind of silly.  Some people are devastated by infertility.  We pretty much expected problems and planned on adopting, so we were sad but not devastated.  We didn’t need to “grieve” as my old counseling supervisors would say.  If they read this, they will probably hunt me down and smack me.

At times the questions are uncomfortable (and should be).  We all have baggage (seriously, what makes me angry?), and they need to know what baggage you have that may affect your ability to parent.  Obviously it is difficult for them to get a historical reading.  They have no idea how you’ve changed since you left home.

We didn’t remember filling out a budget either.  We had to verify sufficient income, but were never asked how we spent it beyond mortgage/rent.  We have a loose budget since we both lean toward frugality (not spending money you don’t need to spend, while cheap people don’t spend what they need to spend).  This put some stress on Amie to complete.

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