An essential step in the adoption process is completing a home study. A home study is an evaluation and overview of prospective adoptive parents’ personal life and background – which will allow the agency to determine if the adoptive parents are able to provide a stable and safe environment for the child. An adoption professional will collect information from the prospective family, which includes a home visit to ensure housing meets state licensing requirements. Facilitators will also require a criminal background check, financial statements, a physical exam, etc.
Adoptions From The Heart does not seek “perfect parents,” when conducting our home studies, we want to ensure that a child and a family are a perfect match.
A home study may sound daunting, but there are ways to make the process less scary and more enjoyable.
Here is what to do and what not to do throughout your home study journey:
DO your research. Every agency and state has different requirements – find out as much information as you can by talking to your adoption facilitator or social worker.
DON’T panic. While the home study process can be overwhelming – it is also a great way for prospective parents to learn and prepare for adoption. Relax, and enjoy the journey.
DO think about why you want to adopt. A social worker will want to know all your reasons for wanting to adopt a child. Be prepared to talk about your wants and dreams for your future family.
DO be honest. As mentioned before, agencies are not looking for perfect families, we are looking for perfect matches. If you fail to bring forth important information and it is revealed later, it could harm your credibility.
DON’T overdo it. If you feel drained, take a break. Give yourself a day or two to clear your mind – and remove the adoption process from your mind entirely.
DO get support. The adoption process can be a bumpy ride – find support groups or reach out to other adoptive parents within your community or online.
DON’T rush the process. A home study can take up to three months to complete. Take your time with each step to ensure it is completed thoroughly and accurately.
DO ask questions. Adoption professionals are there to guide you through the process, if there is something you don’t understand or need help with, don’t be afraid to contact your social worker.