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Keeping a record of pre-application prep?

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I'm wondering how relevant it would be to the adoption approval process for my husband and I to keep a log of pre-application research, volunteering, or courses we do, maybe in a tabulated journal format? And maybe our responses to our learning or development in some areas? If anyone has done this, was it useful and how did you structure it?


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Yes! Definitely. I would say keep it electronically so that you can copy/paste and email if you needed to.


I say this because our social worker asked us to log and then submit a list of all the books we read, seminars we attended, documentaries/you tube programmes we watched. I’m guessing she used this as part of her PAR writing/evidencing based only on what she told our referees.


I kept notes of the main points, mainly for memory recall purposes should I have to demonstrate the learning outcomes. One thing I’ve also done is to write the reasons I would revisit the book/programme either pre if post-placement - or not as the case may be! I can only hope this might be useful to us in the future should we need to.


I hope that helps.


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That is really helpful, thanks! Biggrin I just don't want to begin doing a pile of work that I later forget because I didn't bother keeping records, but at the same time I didn't want to throw a heap of useless records at them if they wouldn't be interested and seem too desperate, you know?


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Any self reflection work you can evidence can only go in your favour. We were deferred the first time we went to panel and afterwards we decided to keep a journal of each month, anything we did and felt in relation to our journey. Sailed through second panel and they couldn't praise us enough for that. So it sounds like a good idea for you to do! Good luck
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Aww, that's good to hear and I'm so glad it went smoothly for you in the end! I just feel as though using this pre-application time wisely could make the process smoother when we are ready to put in our application. My husband's research is so different to mine: He's deeply visual and practical and prefers video seminars, slideshow presentations, and audiobooks, whereas I prefer reading research papers, books, and journals. It gives us plenty of notes to compare and shows that we are both independently deeply interested in adoption I suppose.


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