Monday, October 08, 2007

Assessment complete

This is Aaron. Post number three for me.

Hooray for us. Our social worker visits are over. The interviews went off without a hitch. We had heard some interesting stories before the first visit about the questions we may be asked and the way the social workers approach prospective adoptive parents. This was daunting for me. I have a reputation for talking very little and keeping my opinions to myself. For some reason I had no issues talking about my thoughts, life, family and all the rest with our social worker. I thought I may have set a record for the longest individual interview after mine took about 3 hours, I discovered that there had been some interviews much longer than mine.

The adoption case workers have a tough gig. Assessing the suitability of prospective parents is a massive responsibility and the future of the children is at stake. We were extremely fortunate. Our case worker is a star. She was easy to talk to and told us right from the beginning that if there were any issues with our expectations or our responses, she would not keep that a secret. At the end of the final interview I asked if there had been anything that we needed to clarify. We were all clear.

I can't wait to see what we sound like once the report is written, but it will be 1-2months before we get to read it.


David said...

Hi Aaron...good to read a post from you. Glad your assessments are over...I think those must be what we call the homestudy. Another box checked!

LaLa said... step closer!!

Sandra said...

Congrats on completing your assessment! Check.

blondie said...

Woo Hoo!!! I am so happy that you have finished your assessment. One more hoop to jump through (clarifying your report) before you join the queue.

:) Blondie

Amanda said...

Congratulations! We are just a little ahead of you (in Victoria) and understand your feeling of relief! Well done!

leisa said...

Congratulations to both of you. Well done, good preparation goes a long way to an easy (you know what I mean) assessment.

OziMum said...

Yay! The social worker visits can be tough. Ours wanted to do ONE visit - so she was here for 6 hours!!! Hope she writes that report up quickly for you!

Tick off another box!

redmaryjanes said...

I am glad that you have made it through the assessment. I was nervous when we went through our homestudy here in the US. We have to re-do ours in a couple of weeks because the wait is getting long and ours will expire soon.
I love the game in your header! I have never seen anyone have anything like that before.

Erica said...

Congrats...almost done! There is a part of me that misses the paperchase. It really gave me a sense of purpose and made me feel I was actively involved in the process. Now I just sit and wait. I hope you are able to enjoy this time.


Amanda and Andrew said...

Hi Emma and Aaron,

Thanks for checking in on our blog. To answer your question, we don't have a LID as we're now going with the Hong Kong program...We were originally thinking of mainland China. HK doesn't actually do LIDs, although we did get a letter saying that they'd received our file on Sept 25 2007.

We were given dual approval for HK and China. I don't turn 30 until Feb next year though, for the record.

I hope you guys get approval very soon. I know we found it very difficult waiting for the approval letter.

All the best,
Amanda and Andrew.

fully operational battle station said...

3 HOURS! Holy COW! Our individual interviews were about 3 minutes. It was quick. We Americans like to rush into things and then rush over them without thinking too much.

Nice work! You guys are getting closer!