So Christy asked 'what is a homestudy?' For curious minds . . .
Basically a "homestudy" is conducted by your state of residence by a state socialworker for any sort of adoption, whether international or domestic or even foster care. The process is about the state of CA evaluating and stating we live in a stable home and have a marriage and lifestyle that will lovingly take care of a child.
So we sent in an application to a California licensed international homestudy agency recommended by our adoption agency, filled out some forms, paid some money, have been assigned a social worker by the state, and we have a series of 3 interviews with our social worker over the next month. The first interview is a couple interview where she gets to know us. The second time she meets us she will interview C & me separately. The third meeting is at our home where she will meet our children, see where we live, and talk over any other issues. She will then write up a report for the state of CA, which will be submitted with our dossier packet to the US gov't, and then to the Ethiopian court.
In addition to the interviews, we have to submit paperwork for our homestudy: a 47 autobiographical questionairre for both of us to fill out (i actually didn't mind this too much), medical evaluations for our whole family (including the kids), life insurance forms, financial forms, letters of references, Immigration forms, etc.
Other fun discussion points:
-I had a 65 year old lady today at church ask me if Ethiopia was in Asia. :)
-I also had two people comment about my guitar playing. One was Victor. (thanks). The other was a bald man who said the light was shining on my hair on stage and made me have a grey streak, and then he chuckled that I looked like a skunk. :(