When we began our current adoption process, we found ourselves working with two separate agencies.  Our placement agency – the one connected with El Salvador – is in Kentucky.  But we were required to get our homestudy done by an agency here in Maryland.

So we have a second agency this time (last time we used one for everything).  And with a second agency comes a second set of personalities and some extra expectations to meet.

So as I mentioned in my prior dossier checklist post, I compiled a checklist table in Word for both agencies’ paperwork requirements.  I laid it out so I could check off each stage for each document (since many of our homestudy docs had to be notarized prior to submission)  And then I highlighted the items on each list that were duplicates, so I could collect them simultaneously.

It took us two months to get everything submitted – not bad considering how many of the items involved waiting on government entities.  When our homestudy report “expires” this Spring, we’ll have to re-submit a portion of these as part of an updating amendment we’ll be required to submit to El Salvador to remain in good standing there.

So I’ll be referencing this checklist again all too soon!  Hope it’s a helpful concept for someone else out there, in the meantime, too!

[Note: when compiling paperwork for your own homestudy, please reference your own agency's particular requirements.  They should be similar to this list, but may vary slightly.]

 

HOMESTUDY DOCUMENT LIST

Document

Who’s Getting?

Got It!

Notarized!

Submitted!

 

Home Study Process Acknowledgment

Kim & Fred

 

N/A

 

10/10/08

Adoption Homestudy Agreement 

Kim & Fred

 

N/A

 

10/10/08

Child Abuse Registry Clearance – MARYLAND – Fred

Fred

 

 

 

10/10/08

Child Abuse Registry Clearance – MARYLAND – Kim

Kim

 

 

   

10/10/08

Child Abuse Registry Clearance – PENNSYLVANIA – Kim

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/29/08

Disclosure Regarding Criminal Convictions – Fred

Fred

 

 

 

10/10/08

Disclosure Regarding Criminal Convictions – Kim

Kim

 

 

 

10/10/08

FBI (one blue) & State of MD (two orange) Clearance – Fred

Fred

 

N/A

   

11/20/08

FBI (one blue) & State of MD (two orange) Clearance – Kim

Kim

 

 

 

11/20/08

Medical Exam Report – Fred  

Fred

 

 

 

11/20/08

Medical Exam Report – Kim  

Kim

 

 

 

11/20/08

Medical Exam Report – Heriberto 

Kim

 

 

 

11/20/08

Medical Exam Report – Jose 

Kim

 

 

 

11/20/08

Birth Certificate – Fred 

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/20/08

Birth Certificate – Kim 

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/20/08

Birth Certificate – Heriberto 

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/20/08

Birth Certificate – Jose 

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/20/08

Marriage Certificate 

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/20/08

Copy of Adoption Decree – Heriberto 

Kim

 

N/A

 

10/10/08

Copy of Adoption Decree – Jose 

Kim

 

N/A

 

10/10/08

Tax Returns, p. 1-2,  from 2006

Kim

 

 

N/A

 

10/10/08

Tax Returns, p. 1-2,  from 2007 

Kim

 

 

 

 

10/10/08

Health Department Home Inspection

Kim & Fred

 

N/A

 

12/17/08

Authorization for Release of Info re: Child Support (Maryland) – Fred

Fred

 

 

 

 

10/10/08

Authorization for Release of Info re: Child Support (Maryland) – Kim

Kim

 

 

 

10/10/08

Firearms Safety Doc 

Kim & Fred

 

 

 

10/10/08

Driving Record – Fred 

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/20/08

Driving Record – Kim 

Kim

 

N/A

 

11/20/08

Employment Verification – Fred 

Fred

 

 

 

11/20/08

Reference Letter #1 

Kim

 

 

 

11/20/08

Reference Letter #2 

Kim

 

 

 

11/20/08

Reference Letter #3  

Kim

 

 

 

11/20/08

Designation of Legal Guardians 

Fred, Kim, E & J

 

 

 

11/20/08

Discipline Statement

Fred & Kim

 

 

N/A

 

10/10/08

Federal Express Account Information

Fred & Kim

 

 

N/A

 

10/10/08

Adoption Education LLC Certificate(certifying completion of 10 hours of online adoption training courses)

Fred & Kim

 

N/A

 

11/13/08