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Our home study is approaching super fast and I am getting really nervous. We are not told much before the visit but afterward the initial visit the case manager reviews all the items they will tell us about. I do know for sure that a lock box is required for medicines and that we are required to have a fire extinguisher upstairs and downstairs. We will have the room we are planning on putting our little one is ready for the initial inspection as we have not bought any items just yet. Is there anything you girls would recommend to us for our home study? We have bought two baby gates for the top of the stairs and the bottom of the stairs and another two for the doorways that lead into and out of the kitchen. We have these for our Yorkies and for the adoption as well.
I have our chemicals under the sink because it has been just us, but I have no idea where a safe place to put them would be because I know that they need to be moved.
HELP GIRLS.. I want this process to go as smooth as possible.
Our home is 3 bedroom 2.5 bath and two story. We have about 1800 sq ft of space and a garage.
We do not have a fireplace and our stove is gas. I dont know if any of this really matters but I thought I would give you girls a look into our space to see if there might be any additional pointers because of the size etc.
In our state, we can store the chemicals under the sink if we have a child lock on it. We have those on all our cabinets. They might want some sort of lock, but you can easily install a lock on the cabinet doors if you have to do that. Or you could put them in a locked cabinet in the garage.
We used a fishing tackle box for our medications. We have a masterlock on it that is keyed. It works really well.
We were required to have the extinguisher near the exits. So ours lives in a closet right next to the door. I didn't want to hang it on my wall (thought my husband did). This was our compromise.
We also have an escape ladder in our boys' room because it is the only two story part of the house. It just sits next to the window.
The water temperature had to be set below 120 (I think). It should tell you that in your paperwork.
They also liked that we had keyed deadbolts on all the outside doors. That way children who were prone to run couldn't get out unless we let them out. I don't think that was a requirement, just something they liked. Also, make sure you have outlet covers for every outlet in the house! Put them in all the ones that don't always have something plugged into them. The only exceptions in our house was the ones in the kitchen because they are above the counters and not reachable for kids.
I know the homestudy is scarey, but keep in mind that they want to rule you IN, not out. They will help you discover things you need to fix and even help you find ways to fix those things. You don't have to have the room set up, just be able to show where the child will sleep. I forget... are you doing foster-to-adopt, private domestic adoption or international adoption?
I was going to say everything Beth said.
So instead I'll just say good luck. You'll do fine. I promise. They really are trying to rule you in. They'll help you fix whatever needs to be fixed.
I'll be praying for you. Let us know how it goes.