We are in the process of finishing our Taiwan homestudy. This is the second homestudy we’ve done, since we have one in China with our dossier. In Maryland, some of the things required for the homestudy are health reports, marriage and birth certificates, sanitations inspections, fire safety inspections, driving records, various references, and employment letters, and numerous background and FBI clearances.
Once our homestudy is completed, we are approved, in the US, to be adoptive parents. The homestudy then gets sent to immigration (USCIS) and they give us an appointment to get fingerprinted. Once our fingerprints are approved, we get immigration approval, and we are legally able to bring a foreign child into the US, where they will become legal citizens upon adoption.
The wording of the homestudy is very important. Some words and phrases do not translate well into Chinese, so Paula, our social worker, is careful to word things carefully.
We have all the paperwork submitted, and the homestudy should be finished by the beginning of November, and we will be happy to have this part of or Taiwan process out of the way, so we can hurry up and wait! 🙂