This was a long and thorough process. Throughout the home studies we go through every "detail" you could think of. We discuss how we met, our relationship, our strengths and weaknesses, our communication skills, why we decided to foster. We talk about our parents, siblings, relationships with parents and siblings, how we were disciplined, how was that the same or different than our siblings, how we plan to discipline. Any tickets, charges, alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse with us or immediate family members. Medical history, any biological children and why not, medical treatments, physicals, sign off from doctors saying we are fit to raise children, all medications, dosages, diagnosis, and side effects. We talked about what we like to do in our free time, how we relax/handle stress, our cleaning habits, safety protocols, severe weather and evacuation plans, lock up all medicine and cleaning products.
Our case worker officially knows us as well as we know each other and more than anyone else in our lives.
This obviously requires a lot of trust and openness. We are very fortunate that our case worker was very personable and made it easy to talk. She was non-judgmental and made all these very intimate questions easier to answer than we expected.