Social Services certifies only those people they really want and find all kinds of ridiculous reasons not to certify foster/adoptive families. Our local agency denied us b/c of some mistakes my husband made in his past - we are fighting them because we don't think he should have to pay for those mistakes forever. We had many great references from people but that didn't matter. I think it's unfortunate that just because someone can't have children biologically that someone else can make a judgement on whether or not they can have children. I know that we are not perfect but what family is. We are praying that God will get us through.