I want to start this by saying not only and I not an expert, I’m currently in the process so my understanding of things might change. But I noticed the process FAQs I was seeing were really high level, so I thought I would break it down more, for anyone who is interested in knowing what the process entails.
Orientation – It’s a required first step whether you go through an agency or DFPS. It’s a 2 hour session that goes into what goes into it, the steps, etc. You’ll get the application after this.
Application – the application is long and requires quite a few supporting materials, so expect this to take some time. You’ll need to include:
-Copies of your Driver’s License and Social Security Card
-Floor plan with dimensions of rooms
-Photos of every room inside the house and front/back yard (if you have it)
-Copies of your Auto insurance
-Driving record results
-Pay stubs and bank statements for the last 60 days
The application itself includes a Background Agreement, Health Status Form, and a request for 4 references per parent
Reference and Background Check – we’ve been told this can take up to a couple of weeks, depending on how quickly your references get back and in general how things move. They do email the references, who then fill out a fairly simple form about your ability to parent. The background check includes having to go get finger prints taken and running a formal background check.
Training – this is a big time commitment, so they obviously want to make sure you are a good candidate first. The total training time will be 40 hours, and is a mix of in person classes, homework and online components.
Home Study – I’m so interested to see everything that goes into this, and I’m sure I’ll have a lot of updates. What I know so far: everything above gets wrapped up and then you start the Home Study.
- We do have a list of additional documents that need to be submitted before the Home Study and includes: copy of birth certificates for everyone in the household, copies of marriage licenses or any divorce decrees, statement from a physician saying you are in good health, copies of pet vaccinations and copies of FBI fingerprint receipt. The good thing about knowing all of this is that you can start getting everything ready – for example, you might need to go get a check up in order to get that letter.
- A fire and health inspection have to be submitted before the home study
Home Study Committee – Once all requirements are met, all documents received, and your home study is completed your file will go to home study committee for the approval or denial decision
We’ve been told that this entire process from the point our application was received could take anywhere from 90-120 days.