If you've been smart enough to live in the same state your entire life, never had a speeding ticket, haven't been divorced, and have never been caught shoplifting when you were 14, gathering your paperwork for the homestudy really isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Is is it a hassle? Yes, but it is absolutely doable in a short time frame.
While every state has different regulations, here are some of the things we have had to gather: FBI check, Child Protective Services background check, driving records, physical, fire escape plan, financial statements, vaccination records for the furry baby, employment letters... This is in addition to the obvious, such as birth certificates and marriage license. Doesn't sound so bad, right? Well, it really isn't. We had all of our paperwork together in a few weeks. All the paperwork for the state we live in now, that is. While we've loved the nomadic lifestyle we've lived in the past few years, now it is a major pain to get all of those papers together. Our agency couldn't help us out at all and quickly became non-responsive to the questions I sent them. It was up to us to guess what paperwork they needed from which state and which country.
This means more forms, more fees, and, worst of all, more waiting. We'll get to add embassy visits and sending things to foreign countries to the list. And every time we think that now we've figured out all the paperwork we need, something else comes along that we have to track down. For us, this has truly turned into a paperchase.