Becoming a foster or adoptive parent it is no small task. First are the piles of paperwork to fill out, then the hours of training - and that's the easy part. Next comes the real work - you invite children into your family, home and life and take care of them in a way that not only heals them, but also their families. Like the word "hero" defines, it takes COURAGE to love a child to health and let them go. It takes COURAGE to make a lifelong commitment to a child if that is what is needed. Fostering and adopting are the most COURAGEOUS acts you will embark on. The definition of "hero" also talks about nobility. Nobility is not for famous or some select class...no, nobility - that excellent, superior, admirable character - resides in unassuming homes, hidden in neighborhoods all over the place.
Though the Idaho Wednesday’s Child Program does accept inquiries from families who do not yet have a home study completed, no adoption can move forward without a completed home study
In addition, due to confidentiality restrictions, the child’s adoption caseworker generally cannot provide you with further personal information about the child until your home study is complete.
Having a completed home study will help the process of adoption from foster care move forward much more expeditiously and provides the child's permanency team with the information needed to determine whether your family may be the best fit for the child you are interested in.
When assessing inquiries that have come in for a waiting child, preference is routinely given to families that already have completed home studies, so it is important to think about getting one as soon as possible!
We understand that the wait involved in adopting from foster care can be lengthy and frustrating at times. The initial inquiry process can take several weeks before a connection can be made between an inquiring family and the Permanency Team of a Waiting Child. Once that connection is made, it also takes time for the team to get to know more about your family in order to determine whether or not your family is a good fit for the child you are interested in. While much of the wait is an inevitable part of the process, we would love to help you make the best use possible of your wait time by providing resources which will assist you in garnering as much important information as possible pertaining to the potential needs of your future adopted child. Learning as much as you possibly can about how childhood trauma can affect the social, emotional, medical, behavioral and academic needs of our children who come from hard places will give your family a great head start on understanding the needs of the child you hope to adopt.