The agency I chose to go with is one that does home visits. Not all agencies do them and not all those that do go about them the same way. My agency sends one of their own employees out to make sure that their surrogates live in a clean, safe, happy environment.
Our home visit is scheduled for June 5th, less than a week away! I’m a little nervous about it just because our house isn’t fancy by any means and we have 2 small children who make sure that it looks like a tornado came through every single day. Right now we have a piece of plywood under our fridge because the water line leaked and rotted out the floor. We’re replacing our entire floors soon so we didn’t want to spend the money to patch it when we would just rip it up. I’m worried that it’s going to come off as trashy 😛
One thing we have going for us is that the visit is on a Monday so we have all weekend to get the house looking acceptable. That being said it’s not like we’re living in a slum so I’m pretty sure we should be fine. From what I’ve read it’s mostly to make sure you’re not living in a hoarder’s house or lying about your living situation. All in all I think it’s a great thing that they do to reassure their IPs that their surrogates are in a good situation.
Once the home visit is completed, AJ and I will need to get psych evaluations done. I’m not sure how the agency conducts them. I think they have them done via Skype. I’m thinking about emailing A (the surrogate coordinator) to find out what is left for us to do so that I know what the next steps are, but I don’t want to come off as annoying 🙂
Like I mentioned before, this is very much a hurry up and wait process…a good opportunity to work on having patience 😀