Well, I have had my official Stage 1 meeting (in December), and I have been given a long list of homework to do in the next 2 months, including:
- Read at least 3 books from the reading list
- Complete a family tree
- Create a chronology of my life (including every address I have ever lived at….)
- Fill in the DBS forms for a criminal records/background check
- Complete some e-learning courses
- Create an Ecomap of my support network
- Complete a household safety checklist
- Obtain criminal records checks from any country I have lived in for over 6 months (THAT could take a while…)
- Get 3 references
- Have a full medical
The more reading and e-learning I am doing, the more I am starting to more deeply reflect on the process, what is involved, and the impact of adoption is starting to sink in.
It’s almost like they’ve done this before. (No seriously, I must say well done to the Local Authority for such a well-planned process so far, and it really feels like it is all very logical and well-thought out etc).
What is interesting is that starting out on this adventure, it was really, frankly, all about me. I want a family, I want a child/children, I want to adopt siblings, I’m busy fantasising about how lovely it will be, and whether or not they will be white, black, Asian or mixed race etc. Continue reading