Tag Archive: Organizing


As you begin down the road to Adoption your agency will hand you a pile of paperwork (it may appear they mowed down the Redwood Forest to come up with all the paper). This paperwork is vital to your adoption process and the better organized the paperwork the smoother the process overall. To assist with that organization I find it easiest to create an Adoption Notebook to maintain copies of everything. This will become your one-stop adoption resource. Here is the suggested layout for the Notebook:

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Section 1: General Information

  • In this section I suggest including all the agency information, program fees, as well as any resources provided to you by the agency

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Section 2: Paperwork

  • In this section  retain copies of all agency paperwork for your records

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Section 3: Background Checks

  • In this section place all the originals of your background clearances, fingerprinting and record checks

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Section 4: Autobiographies

  • In this section you can keep copies of your written autobiographies and family profiles

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Section 5: Documents

  • This is the perfect section to keep copies of all the additional documentation your agency will require such as your marriage certificate, your insurance information, the deed to your home, etc.

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Congratulations!! You now have all your information in one easy to find place. Now you can take your Notebook with you to any agency meetings or show it to any case workers who may want to see your information.  When all else fails remember: Keep calm and fill out the next form!

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Organizing Books

Since we moved I am trying to get the house all organized, I like things neat and tidy and in their place. Tyler teases me all the time that I make the house look like a museum not like people actually live here, he exaggerates I am not that bad. I just have a touch of Monica Geller in me. In my quest to catalogue and organize I discovered a great tool to help me and I have to share. On my iPhone I found an app called BooksApp and I am completely in love with it. It is an app that allows you to scan the barcode of all your books and create a database of them. The app allows you to classify books by subject, author, series and title. This is such a great tool for those organization freaks among us and is an even better tool to organize a classroom library. I cannot wait to use this app to set up my classroom and to manage loaning books out to students. Way to go iPhone!!

If you would like more information about the app check out their website:

http://www.books-app.com/

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