clipboard.jpgIf you have started researching adoption, you’ve probably heard the term “home study.” What exactly is an adoption home study? And how can you prepare for it?

The adoption home study is crucial to your adoption. Everyone hoping to adopt needs to have a current home study to adopt.  No matter whether you’re doing an international adoption, domestic adoption, foster care adoption, private adoption, or independent adoption: a home study is required.

Many people get nervous about the home study; I know I was anxious about getting ready for the home study when we adopted our son. The home study isn’t something you should fret over; it’s not a “white glove inspection” of your home. The social worker doing the study simply wants to see the type of parents you’ll be and where you plan to raise your child.

In 30 years of helping families adopt, I’ve seen home studies from every state.  I’ve collaborated with home study providers to gather the tips and tricks I share in this video. With our tips, you can make sure that you get an approved home study without paying an exorbitant sum!

Wish you many blessings in your adoption journey,


Just click the “play” button below to watch my short video about how to prepare for your adoption home study:

Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.
Written by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P.

Founder of Lifetime Adoption, adoptive mom, adoption expert, and Certified Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P).

Since 1986, adoption expert Mardie Caldwell has been dedicated to bringing couples and birth parents together in order to fulfill their dreams.

“Many years ago, I was also searching for a child to adopt. We didn’t know where or how to get started. Through research, determination, and a prayer, our dream of a family became reality. I started with a plan, a notebook, assistance from a caring adoption consultant and a lot of hard work; this was my family I was building. We had a few heartaches along the way, but the pain of not having children was worse!

Within weeks we had three different birth mothers choose us. We were overwhelmed and delighted. Many unsettling events would take place before our adoption would be finalized, many months later. Little did I know that God was training and aligning me for the adoption work I now do today. It is my goal to share with our families the methods and plans which succeed and do not succeed. I believe adoption should be affordable and can be a wonderful “pregnancy” for the adoptive couple.

I have also been on both sides of infertility with the loss of seven pregnancies and then conceiving by new technology, giving birth to a healthy daughter. I have experienced first-hand the emotional pain of infertility and believe my experience allows me to serve your needs better.

It is my hope that for you, the prospective parents, your desire for a child will be fulfilled soon.”

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