Despite all the craziness with my headaches going on right now we are still moving forward with the adoption process with prayers that the mystery of the headaches will be answered before the matching stage in the process.
So last I blogged we were on our night of 2 meetings. One super informational with our social worker and one that was boring but required so we were there for 2+ hours of meetings after an 8 hour work day. Boy did I feel like a tired parent that day!
That day we learned a lot and came home with a pile of paperwork and a list of trainings to do. My initial goal was to have at least all the paperwork done by tomorrow and as we speak Joel is finishing up signing his name and answering the last questions!!! We had a bunch of trainings to take and have all but one done!
So here is the list of what we have left to do (At least in the paperwork part of this process): – Fire Inspection : We had a difficult time finding out who does this in New Prague as the fire department doesn’t, but we now have a scheduled appointment with the city inspector to do the fire inspection next monday (4/23/12) at 4:30pm. – Insurance Coverage Paperwork : This has been difficult as I am looking to change jobs and waiting to hear back from one with a potential job offer. The potential new job starts health coverage Day 1 so I want to wait until I hear for sure on that job before we did the insurance paperwork so we don’t have to re-do it. – Child Car Seat Training : We are signed up for the training on 4/24/12. Yes, this is a training on how to properly install car seats (and it is 3 hours)
Tomorrow we have the first day of 2 for our 16 – hour mandatory training for adopting kids from the MN foster care system. I will report on how that went.
Now for the story indicated in the title: Don’t Shake the Baby. We had many classes (luckily most were available on-line) to be approved to foster/adopt and before our home study would be approved. Some classes were reasonable and even super helpful such as first aid, and CPR for all ages (infant, child, and adult). Even the training on information on SIDS was helpful (yet the chances of us adopting an infant are slim to none). The training that made me laugh out loud and question the state’s view of adoptive parents was the Shaken Baby Training. This training was 2 credit hours. While I think that there is a great need to educate anyone and everyone on how to prevent all form of child abuse I think 2 credit hours on how to prevent shaken baby syndrome is a bit much. I mean the whole training came down to “Don’t Shake the Baby”.
So as of tonight, paperwork and trainings (except those listed above) are complete and we have 2 or 3 more meetings with the social worker besides the training this weekend then our home study should be done!