Not long after we signed the contract with the adoption agency we are going with, we received a couple of packets of information one from our agency and the other from the group the agency operates under, who are going to be doing the homestudy. We had to fill out in all kinds of information about our personalities and why we want to be parents and then we had to ask friends and acquaintances if they would be comfortable answering questions about us as people and as parents as our references. Thanks everyone, by the way!
But to me, right now, the hardest part is the information we have to give for the other packet we had to fill out, the parent profile. It feels kind of like an essay test. Tell us about your home, your lives, your family and your habits. And then, write the "Dear Birthmother" letter. I'm a writer by nature but this is unlike anything I've ever attempted before. We are basically selling ourselves and our lives to women and families who are making the agonizing decision of who they want to raise their children. I did my best.
Also, we had to come up with pictures. Pictures of the house, the cats, our families and us. We have to have 15+ pictures of ourselves. We personally have very few pictures of ourselves. We had to go pillaging our friends and families' cameras. Even then it wasn't enough so we asked a friend of ours to come take pictures of us at the house. We have everything but the pictures nailed down enough to send in a preliminary draft. Bring on the closeups!