To make it extremely clear on how long it took us to become licensed, I want to show all of our steps in an outline.
February 2016- Attended information meeting
March 2016- Started our training classes
April 2016- Finished our training classes
May 2016- Started renovating our home to make it “perfect” for our new family
June 2016- Chimney swept (this is a rule)
June 2016- Fire marshal inspected our home
June 2016- Health Inspector inspected our home
June 2016- Had our first home inspection with a caseworker
June 2016- Realized our caseworker was not doing her job correctly and we were being scammed, essentially
June 2016- Got an AWESOME new case worker
June 2016- Had to redo our entire file
July 2016- Another home inspection by our new case worker
August 2016- We had our home study (basically, hour long interview about our life with every personal question in the world asked)
The very end of August, 2016- LICENSED! WOOHOO!
We immediately started receiving broadcasts of children who needed a forever home. We would ask our caseworker to send our file in for any of the children we were interested in.
The beginning of October, 2016- Got a phone call about a baby boy (more to come on that)
Middle of October, 2016- Got a phone call about a baby girl and three hours later, we were parents!
I could write a book with information about everything that we have done. If you are just looking for a quick view of how long it takes from start to placement, this outline will do it. The next steps are semi-unknown to us. We have an idea of what will happen, but we won’t know for sure until it is all over. There never is an end to this journey, but adoption day is the finishing line.
(Dates were left as the general month to protect our identity)