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An overview of the home study process

Adopting a child is a wonderful, selfless act. You are voluntarily choosing to join someone with your family, an act that many people cannot fathom. Most people say you can't choose your family that does not apply to adoptive children. But the adoption process can be tricky, there are multiple hoops that you must jump through before it is finalized. One of those hoops is the home study. This post will go over the home study and what it means for your prospective adoption.

Every single state requires every single adoptive parent to submit to a home study. Home study is a source of anxiety for many prospective parents. Most parents believe that it is an all-or-nothing scenario in which they must be the best parents imaginable or risk being denied.

A home study is an evaluation by a social worker as to the livability of your home. The social worker is trying to determine three factors.

  • To educate and prepare the adopting family.
  • To evaluate the ability of the parents to raise the adopted child.
  • To allow the social worker to better match children with parents.

Remember that social workers are not looking for the perfect parents. They are looking for real people to raise real children. Be honest and open with the social worker about your home life. The more information that he or she has, the better able they will be able to match you with the appropriate child. For a deeper look at the home study process and rules, you may want to contact an attorney. Each state, and in some places cities or counties, there are specific rules for the home study. An attorney can get down to the specifics with you to ensure that you present your best and most realistic self to the social worker.

If you are considering adopting a child then you may want to speak to an attorney. There is a mountain of paperwork and a labyrinth of hoops you will need to jump through to finalize an adoption. An attorney can guide you through the process to ensure that you don't miss a deadline or file the wrong paperwork. Any delay in the process could add months to your wait time.