Tuesday, 21 February 2012

DRC Orphans - Give Them Hope

Our Second Meetings for Our Home Study

Today we have our 1:1 meetings/interviews with our Social Worker at the Adoption Agency.  I don't feel anywhere near a nervous, as we've already started the process and we know what to expect for this meeting.
The timing for this meeting is great, as we leave for Mexico tomorrow morning for just over one week.  It's a much needed holiday for the two of us where we can spend time together and get our minds off of the stresses we've encountered the past few months.

Friday, 17 February 2012

The First Meeting of Our Home Studay

On Friday, February 10, our Social Worker, Sterna, came to our home to ask us some questions and see where we live.  She first came in and sat down at our kitchen table to explain the process and we then did a tour of our home so she could see it.  After the tour was done, we went back to our table (where I served Tea, Coffee, and Mini Crave Cupcakes) and we proceeded with the interviews.  She asked us questions on our personalities, how we saw ourselves and how we saw each other.  She asked us questions about our families and our experiences growing up.  
I was nervous for the meeting, because I didn't know what to expect.  It went well.  We have our next meetings, which are individual meetings with Sterna at the Agencies office this Tuesday evening.  She will meet with each of us for an hour and ask some more personal questions.
We would have one meeting after that as a couple and then they will work on completing our Home Assessment report to be sent to Children Services with our provincial government.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Getting Ready for Our Home Study

I've recently resigned from my position in New Home Sales and I'm spending the next week cleaning and getting our home ready for our Home Study.  Our social worker will be coming by at 6 pm on Friday, so we need to make sure our house is in order and we're ready.  This is what I'm currently working on:

1) I will be cleaning out our closets and donating used clothing and shoes
2) I will be donating and recycling old textbooks (I've saved every textbook from University, which are out-dated now and collecting dust).
3) I will be re-arranging furniture to make our home more child friendly
4) I am taking a TOFL course.  This course is not necessary, but would be helpful.  I've always wanted to take it and now is a good time.
5) I'm completing our Self Essays, which need to be done by this Friday.
6) I will also have to drop off a couple more documents with our agency.