Here is the email exchange I have had with the Adoption Worker today:
Dear Gary and Kerry,
I hope you are enjoying the summer.
I understand that you cancelled a fire inspection quite a while ago. In order to maintain approval as an adoption provider, you need to have a fire inspection and I need to meet with you to update your adoption home study.
Please let me know if you want to schedule these or if you want to let your approval expire.
It showed up on the fire marshal’s report as cancelled. It is a computer system so they probably have limited choices on what to choose. I would need to make another referral to the fire marshal. I do not know what expenses might be required with a new fire inspection.
You are right, I did come with "Foster Care Licensing Worker" last year, so I could probably use that, but I would still need a renewal application.
Of course, it is possible for you to adopt. However, there are many other people who are also frustrated that they have not adopted. Most of the children that we have available are older and have high needs. If you are asking if your difficult relationship with your past caseworker(s) might affect your chances, I can’t answer that. Each adoption caseworker has different criteria they look at for families for different children.
I’m sorry that you are frustrated. I am not sure what would be different. Yes, many others have been frustrated as well. For the younger children there may be 25-50 + home studies and the caseworker and supervisor pick one . Sometimes after reading the home studies they narrow it down to 2-3 and call the families to get more info about them . Part of the frustration is because we are not an adoption agency. Our goal is not to find children for you (although it is nice when that happens) but to find parents for our children needing placements. We are open about that from the beginning, but are sorry that there are so many who get disappointed.
I’m not sure what to do about people who return your call. Call again? Call their supervisor?? Families for Me and Adoptuskids.org are the normal channels that we recommend. There are other adoption agencies that you can find on the internet.
"Adoption Resource Specialist".
What I find interesting is that I made a similar complaint to the licensing worker years ago that resulted in a call from someone the next day asking if we could take a placement. Hmmm...maybe the squeaky wheel does get the grease! Will we get a call tomorrow? Stay tuned.