We had our 4th home study with our social worker today. Today's meeting was all about our parenting skills. We talked about our children's personalities, our disciplining methods, and our views of our roles as parents. The meeting was fairly quick since we have children and are already "used" to parenting.
We have one more home study to go. We thought we'd be able to get this one done with today's but we had some paperwork that needs to be turned in first. Since we are open to adopting a child of a different race, we have to do some biracial/trans-racial exercises and discussion questions. Some of the questions we have to answer seem a bit odd to me but I guess they just want to get us thinking and sure that we are ready for any questions or comments that come our way if we adopt someone outside of our race...We have to attend a gathering where we would be the minority and write down how we feel and if we were treated differently or felt differently, etc... We'll do whatever seemingly-silly things it takes to get on the waiting list.
I started working on our profile tonight-this is a small book of pictures and information about our family that the birth-mothers will see and choose families from. Are 20 pages too much or not enough? I'm still waiting on my fingerprints to be processed for my background check. I hope it clears soon, our social worker can't move forward until it does. So, if my calculations are correct, we have one home study, a couple of doctor's visits and my background check to come back and then we are ready to WAIT. I have heard of adoptions being completed in 2 months and I have heard of some taking 5 years, so I don't know what to expect but either way we are excited to be able to add to our family by caring for an orphaned child.