But displaying the silver cardboard sign, that only cost a dollar at Home Depot, is one of the easiest and least expensive tasks we’ve completed during the Home Study, a key legal requirement for approval to adopt children.
Performed by a licensed adoption agency, it delves into our background, personalities, hobbies, financial stability, motivations for adopting children, our marriage, and much, much more. We had previously completed a home study a year earlier and were approved to adopt children domestically, but when we decided to adopt “Alejandro” we had to go through the process again to meet specific requirements for Colombia.
It began with a home inspection from Linda Crowell. She’s an experienced social worker, come out of retirement to work part-time for Madison Adoption Associates, and she’s been a great resource for us, answering our questions, keeping track of dozens of miscellaneous details, as she worked to complete the 25-page booklet detailing our background in preparation for approval. She, along with several other social workers located in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, have been instrumental in helping us avoid unnecessary delays and responding quickly whenever we’ve needed assistance.