Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 2)
In an earlier post I shared a small portion of the paperwork that we've been requested to fill out in preparation for getting licensed for foster-to-adopt through the state.

Oronzo and I have managed to fill out the entire packet of questions and I dropped it off at the agency today. Okay, let me re-phrase that, Oronzo filled out the Foster/Adoptive Father profile paperwork after I repeatedly badgered him and I filled out all the rest. That's okay though, it's done!

So, since many of you expressed an interest in seeing more of the questions we are being asked in this paperwork, I'll continue one with a second list. Here goes!

Personal Profile (My School and Work History)

1. How many grades did you complete in school (junior high, high school, college, graduate school)?

2. If you did not complete high school, what were the reasons?

3. If you have attended college, what was your field of study and what degree did you receive?

4. As you think back over all your school experiences, were they primarily good experiences or bad? Please explain.

5. What kinds of school experiences did you like the most (what subjects, what activities)? Please explain.

6. What parts of school were most difficult for you (what classes, what activites)? Please explain.

7. How important will grades and school performance be for the child placed in your home?

8. What are your school expectations for a child placed in your home?

9. Since leaving school, please list (from first to current job): places you've worked, job title, length of stay, & reason for leaving.

10. Of all the jobs listed, which did you like best and why?

11. Of all the jobs listed, which did you like least and why?

12. If you are currently employed, please describe your job. What do you do at work? How long would you like to keep this job? What are your plans to look for another job within the next few years? How do you think becoming a foster or adoptive parent might affect your work?

Personal Profile (My Interests In & Expectations of Foster/Adopt Parenting)

1. What made you think about becoming a foster/adoptive parent at this time?

2. Have you ever been in foster care? Were you adopted? Do you know anyone who has been in foster care or adopted? If yes to any of these questions, please explain.

3. If yes, how did your own experience or contact with these people affect your interest in foster care or adoption?

4. What do you believe to be the major differences between foster care and adoption?

5. If you are interested in only foster care, what helped you decide to provide only foster care?

6. If you are interested in possibly adopting through the foster care program, what are your concerns?

7. If you are interested in only adopting, why do you prefer to adopt rather than foster?

8. If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, under what circumstances (if any) might you later consider adopting a child?

9. If you're interested in becoming an adoptive parent, under what circumstances (if any) might you later want to foster?

10. Are you physically able to mother/father a child? If yes, are you planning to have a child or children by birth in the future? If no to either question, please explain.

11. As you think about becoming a foster/adoptive parent, what do you think you will like the most? What do you think you will like least? What do you think others in your family will like best and least about having a new child in your home?

12. If you have parenting experience, what have you enjoyed most about being a parent?

13. What have you disliked most about being a parent?

14. What childhood ages do you or would you most enjoy parenting?

15. What childhood ages do you or would you least enjoy parenting?

16. What forms of discipline do you find to be most effective?

17. Under what circumstances do you think it is OK to spank or physically discipline a child?

18. Please list any agencies you have previously contacted to be come a foster/adoptive parent and share the outcome of contact.

19. Imagine that today is the day you are going to meet the child or children who will be placed in your home. Please describe this child: age, sex, personality, appearance, family, background, siblings, etc.

20. Have you ever been a parent to someone else's child?

Well, there you have it, another small portion of the paperwork we've been asked to complete. There's quite a bit more. Are you still interested in additional paperwork posts? :)

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At 2:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is quite a list of questions. It is just amazing how much paperwork you have to fill out for this...
All the best with your adoption.

Take care,

At 5:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is alot of questions...but i suppose it DOES make sense....i wish you all the 'hope' in the world (i hate saying luck as if that means anything).

- Jon
- Daddy Detective
- www.daddydetective.com

At 5:28 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama (Janeen) said...

Those are a lot of questions and coupled with the other ones, it's no wonder it takes a while to fill it all out. Of course I understand why they have you do it. I am praying that God guides you through this process. My cousin and his wife adopted a little girl and are hoping to adopt again. They have shared with me how emotional the whole process can be. Wishing you only the best!

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate this list of questions. My husband and I are seriously considering adopting, and it is helpful to know what to expect. I hope this process goes smoothly for you!

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Oh wow that's a lot of questions, no wonder it's such a lengthy process.

Wishing you all the best :)


At 9:38 AM, Blogger Stacy said...

I'm over here from Life in a Shoe.
My husband and I are also in the process of adopting from the state through the foster/adopt program.
Blessings to you and yours,

At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phew! I remember those days well. I'm in the midst of dual state requirments for adopting the baby that is in kinship care with us (similar to foster-to-adopt but our license had expired and he is the biological brother of our girls). It's a long process filled with lots of crossed t's and dotted i's but it was all worth it. I pray it will be for you as well.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Carey said...

They really want to know everything don't they. Just wondering, how many questions in all were there, do you know?

At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of questions. And that's just a small part of all the paperwork, huh?

I guess everything's worth it.


At 2:33 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I can't believe all of that personal information you have to share! I would be exhausted even trying to remember so many details and feelings from my childhood!

At 8:59 PM, Blogger Joyful Days said...

I just found out Sunday that dear friends of mine will be adopting a five-year-old relative. It is a heartbreaking story. But I am praying it will have a happy ending. They were sharing the paperwork and homestudy process. So much to go through.


At 9:08 AM, Blogger Stacy said...

Thanks for your comments and questions. And Susie did a lovely job on your blog as well! :) All the photos are beautiful... are they from where you live?

I'd love to hear more about your adoption story as well. Do you have other children? Will this be your second adoption?

I have shared about our adoptions on my blog. Our first story (international, through Guatemala)begins here:

...and our most recent journey begins here: http://withgreatjoy.blogspot.com/2007/02/new-journey.html.

Also, there's an adoption category listed on my sidebar that will link to all adoption posts.

Blessings to you and yours,

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

I am in shock as I read over your list of questions! And I'm sure this is such a SMALL part of it, huh?! Wow! I admire your dedication to this process and your desire to become a mommy for a second time. My hat is off to you!

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Tricia said...


Thank you for sharing this process with us - I think it is so very interesting!


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It wasn't supposed to work this way...Parts 1 through 10

(the story of the private, domestic adoption of our son)

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Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 1)
Adoption #2- The Paperwork (Round 2)
Family Foster Home Licensing Prep Checklist
Adoption #2- Long overdue update
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Adoption #2: Licensing update
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Adoption #2- Still waiting
Adoption #2- We're getting closer
Adoption #2- An update & a lead
Adoption #2- The lead that didn't pan out.
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