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hello! I introduced myself ages ago and haven't been around much since. Our homestudy has finally been sceduled for April 8th! woohoo! but now I'm wondering...is it ok to have pets? We have 2 boxers who live inside. They are sweet, but they are big and active. will that matter at all?
(we want to foster to adopt through DSS in VA)
I'm Jen- (25)
DH is Rob-(30)
parents to 2 Boxer-babies- Venus (2yrs)
Mars (9 months)
missing my 2 angels
"Every person in the world has passed through the body of a woman..."
I've never posted in here before so I hope you all won't mind me jumping in but I think I can actually answer this one.
Yes it is absolutely okay to have pets. We have quite a zoo in our house. They'll definitely ask questions about them. But it's basic stuff like making sure their vaccinations are up to date and they're well trained.
They will probably also ask if the dogs have any expirience interacting with children and if so how old the kids are and how the interaction usually goes. I would think that your answers to these questions may affect placement decisions to some degree. (so they're matching you with a child who has the right temperment for your dogs) Don't quote me on this stuff though. Ours was a kinship adoption so we knew her before the homestudy. And we have 3 older girls so these things weren't an issue for us.
I remember the social worker interacting a lot with our dogs during her visits. I'm not sure how much of that was her trying to get an impression of their temperments or if she just really loves dogs and couldn't help herslelf.
Welcome to you both! I can't wait to hear how the homestudy goes! Our social worker didn't love dogs but she didn't mind my two at all. She didn't pet them or anything, but she did walk up to them and say hi and I think she was gauging how they reacted to new people. My dogs are a little hyper sometimes, but not aggressive. They jumped a little and I told them down and they sat down, so it was all fine. Usually they just want to be sure they'll be ok.