Changing Status

When we initially started our adoption process, we really weren't aware of the differences between adopt and foster to adopt, so without the help from our agency we went the adopt route. We filed the paperwork, took the classes, completed our home study, etc. Come to find out this is not the status we want, we want foster to adopt. So here we are changing our status, and now have to submit another reference, redo our FBI/BCI checks (we just did that 12 months ago), we need another fire inspection (not sure why the old one wouldn't work). We will do whatever we have to, just not sure why the repeat of certain things?

Re: Changing Status

  • In many states the background checks are only good for a year (2 max). That may also be the case for the fire inspection. Our homestudy was also only good for a year. I'd ask your caseworker for clarification.
  • Sometimes, it has to do with them having to show a continuity of paperwork (so they can easily prove you went through the while process and didn't skip any steps without having to look all over the place for documentation). Other times, it can be due to certain agencies not being able to share information (like how a background check for one purpose isn't sufficient for another, because they can't legally share the information). My husband and I adopted two children, who lived together in the same orphanage, through the same Peruvian authorities 18 months apart. We still had to go through all the steps again the second time.
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  • avioletskyavioletsky member
    edited May 2014
    For our renewal, they had to re-do everything. 

    And, really, in the world of foster care NOTHING makes sense. This is probably one of those things you'll have to chalk up to beaurocratic insanity.
    Married to the love of my life since 2005
    TTC #1 - 
    BFP # 1: 5/2006 - m/c @ 6 weeks (natural) / EDD 1/17/2007
    BFP # 2: 7/2007 - chemical pregnancy / EDD 3/18/2008
    BFP # 3: 6/2013 - 7/9 u/s: No hb, measuring 2 weeks behind. Very high HCG#'s 7/21 u/s: No change, ruled out molar pregnancy. Completed Natural Missed M/C 7/26/2013 / EDD 2/5/2014
    TTA with Diaphragm. 
    I didn't want to kiss you goodbye, that was the trouble; I wanted to kiss you goodnight. And there's a lot of difference. - Ernest Hemingway 

    Licensed foster family. No current placements. Open to adoption but that is not our goal and as such we don't have dual foster/adopt home study.
    2012-2013: Former Foster Mommy to 1 bubbly little 8 y.o. girl that has moved onto an amazing adoptive home.

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