J and I are in the middle of our home study paperwork, and oh boy is it a lot! We have state background checks, DCS background checks, county background checks, and even a background check from the Netherlands (where we lived from 2010-2013). There are going to be files on us all over the place!
On top of all that, we also had to be fingerprinted (again), as well as physicals and bloodwork to confirm our health, and financial records showing our ability to afford a child. Then, we needed references (4), and confirmation of employment. Finally, we had a questionnaire and an autobiography to write about ourselves. Basically, a LOT of paperwork.
But…it’s nearly finished now. We have everything put together except J’s physical (scheduled for Friday) and our Dutch background checks. The Dutch background check is the one I’m worried most about; not because we’re secretly international crime lords, but just due to the time it could take to have it completed and sent back. Most things don’t exactly move quickly in Europe, so I’m hoping this doesn’t take forever.
We leave on our cruise in T-20 days!! I’m super excited, but I’d really like to have all the home study paperwork completed an turned in prior to leaving. That way, all that will be left is the physical home study, where the agency coordinators come out and talk to us, and look at our house to make sure everything is how it should be. It’s all happening so fast, and yet, not fast enough. I’m sure this will be pretty standard…a game of “hurry up and wait,” but we can handle it. I mean…we’ve waited this long, what’s a little while longer!
Wish us luck on a speedy Dutch background check!