It didn’t take long for us to share our decision with our family and they were all supportive, yet had a lot of questions. Along with sharing our news, we also shared that we made the decision to adopt from Zambia, Africa as this was where Danny spent a total of 4 weeks ministering to orphans. Since then, Zambia held a huge spot in his heart and when Zambia was one of the options given to us for adopting, we knew this was an answer to prayer.
We were so excited to start the "paperwork" process. On October 1, 2007, we began our home study with a local social worker. A home study is when a social worker comes into your home at least 3-5 times (depending on each agencies requirements) and gives an assessment of the adoptive parents to see if they are suitable for adopting a child.
Our home study consisted of:
• Personal & family background check- including upbringing, siblings, key events and what was learned from them
• Significant people in our lives
• Marriage and family relationships
• Motivation to adopt
• Expectations for the child
• Parenting and integration of the child into our family
• Family environment
• Physical and health history
• Education, employment and finances (including insurance coverage)
• References and criminal background clearances
• Summary and social worker's final recommendation
Our social worker, Vinette, was a woman of God and prayed with us and over us through each of these visits. Every step of the way we felt God's leading and knew His plan was being fulfilled. Little did we know His plan would be a little different than ours!
With Full Hands and an Open Heart- Kansas Fergen
Hi, I'm Kansas! I wish we could be doing this face to face over coffee. Maybe someday, till then this will have to do!