Step 15 - The Paperwork!
The amount of paperwork involved in the fostering process is really intense. In my county, the Home Study is really a collection of all of the paperwork you did as part of class as well as all of the paperwork collected during the times the licensing coordinator visited your home. Those are actually called “home visits” not “home studies” but I didn’t learn that until after I had written the blog posts about them.
Much of the paperwork I wrote about in other posts as well, but last night I was telling someone that the Home Study filled out by the licensing coordinator easily contains 100 pages. That was shocking to the person and made me want to count, so here we go, all of the paperwork for the process:
Orientation Packet (11)
Class Homework Journals - 3 pages a night for 6 weeks (18)
Video Journals after watching assignments - 2 pages for 4 videos (8)
Scavenger Hunt Assignments (8)
Background Check Requests (4)
Home Visit Documentation (6)
Home Visit Interview (4)
Doctor Paperwork (4)
Live Scan Form (1)
Reference List (2)
Affidavit of Good Moral Character (3)
Address History List (1)
Water Safety Plan (2) + Pictures to verify (8)
Emergency Safety Plan (2)
Pictures to verify locked cabinets (3)
Payslips for the past two months (4)
Sleeping Arrangement Plan (2) + Pictures to verify (10)
Total: 101 Pages
A few of these I haven’t written about before. The safety plan needed to be completed because I live by water and I have a pool in my condo complex. We needed to have a water safety plan in place that documented all of the safety precautions I was using. I had to change the lock on my back door to require a key from the inside as well as the outside. I also had to put chimes on all of my doors and windows throughout the house to notify me if one is opened and someone is trying to exit.
The emergency safety plan outlines where my family would meet in case of a fire and two different addresses we might evacuate to in case of a hurricane. We also had to list one out of town person who will be the main point of contact for everyone in the home and for the agency in case they need to find out where we are during a natural disaster.
The sleeping arrangement plan was a list of all of the bedrooms, the beds in them and how many people would be sleeping in each room. I also had to draw a layout of my home with actual measurements.
In all, my page estimate was extremely close! Over 100 pages of documentation on me and my home are contained in the home study. My licensing coordinator finished compiling everything for the home study two days ago. It should take less than two weeks to get approved!