You are ready for your family to grow through adoption. Your home study process is either underway or about to begin, and you’re feeling anxious about it. What all needs to be done to prepare? What are the expectations for the social worker visits? Should you baby proof your house?
Adoption Choices of New York is here to help with that. We understand that the home study can be an overwhelming process, and want to ensure the smoothest and most positive journey possible.
Home Study Preparation
Let’s begin by addressing the question: should you baby proof your house? Is it mandatory? No. Is it helpful? Yes. Here’s why.
Your social worker will not expect your home to be perfectly equipped and prepared when they first arrive. After all, that’s why they are there. To assess your home, and to help you prepare. So, that said, if your home isn’t fully baby proofed by the first visit, don’t stress. Your social worker will discuss this with you.
However, before the adoption is finalized, it’s important to have your home baby proofed and ready to go.
General Baby Proofing Knowledge
Be aware of all sharp edges and objects within reach of a child. Never leave your child unattended around stairs or electrical outlets. Baby gates and plastic plugins will be literal life-saving solutions for this. Make sure all furniture is out of reach of windows, and that all doors are firmly shut. Books and other heavy items should be properly stored to prevent concussions or other serious injuries.
Babies and young children are curious. Anything and everything that could pose even a potential danger — baby proof it.
A Baby’s Point of View
If you’re unsure about what your child could or couldn’t reach, try this experiment. Get down on your hands and knees and crawl around your home. Try and put yourself at the same height of a young child or toddler. This will give you a whole new perspective on things, and help you see things that you wouldn’t have considered before.
Table tops. Items on the table — candles, plants, or other decor. With candles, where are the matches stored? Could your child get to them? Keep all table tops clear of items you don’t want your child to have access to.
Bookcases. Are they stable? Can any books fall and hurt your child? If so, secure the bookcases to the wall or floor, if possible.
Cabinets. Would your child be able to pull them open? If so, make sure that you secure these with baby proofing latches to prevent injury.
Be sure to go through each room in your home and see what potential hazards there might be. Living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathrooms. Each will have its own landscape of mystery for your child. Anything they can turn, stick their fingers in, pull themselves up on — make sure it’s stable and free from possible harm.
Adoptions of New York
For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of New York.
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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