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There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new family member into your home! However, you will have to prepare accordingly. In addition to classes, interviews, and other important steps, you will also need to prepare your home. Below is a list of everything you need to know about getting your house ready for an adopted child!
Everything You Need to Know About Preparing Your Home for an Adopted Child
Meet Safety Standards
Safety requirements are one of the most important parts in regards to preparing your home for an adopted child. If you fail to meet the safety requirements, your adoption could be denied. However, it’s important to note that you do not have to meet all the safety requirements in go.
Typically, a caseworker will conduct a home study, which usually takes anywhere between two to three months. The caseworker’s job is not to pass or fail you; it’s to ensure the child is being placed in a safe, comfortable home.
Here are a few of the safety requirements you will have to meet:
~You have clear fire escape routes posted at each floor of your home.
~Guns and other weapons are locked away.
~There are screens on all the windows.
~There is a fence around your pool.
~The interior and exterior of your house is maintained well.
~Your house is clean.
~Play areas are in good repair.
~If you have a pool, the water is clear.
~If you have dogs, they each have their rabies vaccination.
~If you are adopting a child under the age of five, you do not own any reptiles.
~Ramps, bathtubs, and showers have slip-resistant surfaces.
~Medications are locked away.
~All appliances are in safe working condition.
~Plumbing, air conditioning, heating, and ventilation are all working efficiently.
Additionally, there may be more safety requirements for younger children. If you fail to meet these requirements, your caseworker will likely notify you so you can make the necessary changes before his or her next visit. For more information about home studies, check out this summary of state laws for home study requirements.
Prepare a Room
It’s important that your adopted child has a dedicated space just for them. However, the child is not required to have his or her own room. It is a necessity, though, that the child has his or her own bed. Children of the opposite sex can only share a room if they are under a certain age determined by your state, which is usually around six years old.
However, keep in mind that an older child may have particular behavioral requirements that do not allow him or her to share a room with other children. In the end, your caseworker will supply you with any special requirements you need to prepare for.
Make Personal Preparations
In addition to the necessary home preparations you need to make, there are also some fun ways you should prepare for an adopted child.
There is nothing more exciting than welcoming a new family member into your home! Why not prepare your home accordingly? If you already know the gender of the child who will be placed with you, why not decorate a little or even buy the child toys? If your adopted child is older, why not learn what he or she is interested in? If he or she loves superheroes, for example, you could personalize the child’s room with a few superhero items. If you are adopting a baby, it may be helpful to prepare your home by purchasing the equipment you will need. For example, you may purchase a changing table, a crib, diapers, and other important things. As you make these personalized preparations, your house will no doubt feel more like a home to your newly adopted child!
Haven’t Started the Adoption Process?
If you haven’t started the adoption process yet, you will first have to find an adoption agency to work with. That being said, the process can differ from agency to agency.
For instance, if you are looking to adopt a newborn, you will first need to create an adoption profile. This profile is what an expectant mother will view when deciding who will be the parent of her baby and thus should be a clear representation of your family. To learn more about this type of adoption process, check out this article by Texas Adoption Center.
In the end, adopting a child is a wonderful opportunity! Though the process is long, it can be well worth the wait. Start the process today!