Gabe and I have started the process to adopt a child from CPS care.
Yup. Big news.
It’s also why I wanted to start this again – I started searching for something, another blog that outlined what the process looked like maybe. It was really hard to find. So that’s what I want this to be. A document of the process, and what it looks like for us. I can’t say I’m an expert, obviously, or even that our experience is “normal” but I do want to document what I can.
We’re working with Depelchin, and at the time I’m writing this we’re still really early on in the process. So far we’ve:
- Attended the orientation/info session
- This might seem small but it’s a required first step. And, really helpful to understand what’s needed. I (kind of on accident) went to s session on private infant adoption, and there’s a huge difference in the way each of them is done.
- Turned in our application
- It was 25 pages long.
- Along with the application you turn in copies of your license and social security card, floor plan of your house, photo of every room in the house plus the yard, a current photo of everyone in the house, copies of your auto insurance, driving record, paystubs for the last 60 days and your bank statement for the last 60 days.
- So, that alone could take people quite a while to get together.
- Had an initial call with Depelchin
- This was nice, our case manager let us know the application didn’t seem to have any red flags and what our next steps are.
- Submitted References
- We each needed 4 references, and they were sent a form to fill out about our parenting capabilities. They’ve all been submitted now!
Next up: Background Checks