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Wondering if anyone has chosen to go through the licensing process and then able to successfully postpone until they are ready? We have the time right now so are currently done with classes and undergoing home study visits. Doing it all through the county. We are hoping to get it done with… take a breather, and then dive into truly seeking an adoption in about a year or so. Has anyone done this?

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Not sure where you are but in some states your home study will have to be renewed annually.

Posted by gocode03 on Jun 08, 2015 at 5:28am

Not sure where you are but in some states your home study will have to be renewed annually.

Posted by gocode03 on Jun 08, 2015 at 5:28am

Not sure where you are but in some states your home study will have to be renewed annually.

Posted by gocode03 on Jun 08, 2015 at 5:29am

Thanks, we are getting licensed to be Ohio foster/adoptive parents through the county. We can’t afford to do private adoption so we will most likely go the foster to adopt route. I believe it is all lumped together. We don’t have a social worker—our home study worker is different. So confusing! The plan is to get it all ready—take a breather—then choose to move forward in January. We are aware of the yearly renewal coursework so that shouldn’t be a problem.

Posted by Justin&Emily; on Jun 08, 2015 at 11:35am

I think you may also have to renew fingerprints, financial , maybe fire inspection and physicals.

Why not sign up for classes in the fall, then begin slowly to do home study and be approved in January. That should work. Your home study worker is a social worker just has the job of doing home studies.

It takes time to get fingerprints back, get references etc.

Posted by Regina on Jun 08, 2015 at 12:55pm

The process can sometime take longer than you think. I knew i wasnt ready for my 2nd child but started taking the classes, etc april 2014 because of how long my first one took. Finished classes and paperwork june 2014 but they didnt get my homestudy done until end if december. Still dont have a match, 14 months from when i started. First adoption took over 2 years from the day i started training and paperwork until the day my daughter came home

Posted by rn4kidz on Jun 08, 2015 at 2:09pm

Thanks, this was encouraging! We already completed our classes and have our first home visit tonight. I think it feels like too much too soon… but we have to remember it is all going to slow down!

Posted by Justin&Emily; on Jun 09, 2015 at 12:33pm

Thank you for this question. We haven’t started the process yet and want to get some other things in place before we really hit the ground running so I was wondering the same thing!

Posted by megrat7 on Jun 16, 2015 at 12:23am

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