One of the most common topics of worry or question among hopeful adoptive parents is about the home study…“What is a home study?” “How deep will they dig into our lives?” “Do we have to organize every closet and dust every corner?” and “Is there any reason we wouldn’t be approved?” are just a few of the frequently-asked questions about adoption home studies.
The adoption home study process exists to assess your ability to be parents. The home study provider is a social worker who is there to help get you ready for adoptive parenting, and to equip you for success. Keep reading to discover what the home study involves. We’ll also share an exclusive Lifetime Adoption webinar, all about what you need to know about adoption home studies!
What’s an Adoption Home Study?
When you begin the home study process, you’ll complete paperwork about your family, income, medical history, and your position on discipline. The home study provider needs to know you’re both healthy enough to parent, so you’ll need to get physicals. You will also need to get FBI fingerprints to check on your criminal history. The goal of all this is to make sure that you’ll be responsible parents, with a stable income, and with no criminal history. You’ll be asked to get background checks in your state, and child abuse clearances also. Depending on where you live, you might need to take classes or read books in order to better become more acquainted with adoption and parenting adopted children.
The home study provider will schedule a time to meet with you in your home. They’ll tour your home and check for safety measures. Examples include an evacuation plan, a fire extinguisher, and a fence around your pool. If they find any issues, they’ll give you a chance to fix them.
Finally, the social worker will interview both of you. They need to get acquainted with both of you and learn your goals for the future. The social worker might ask about your lifestyle, family background, careers, and religious affiliation.
Webinar: Behind the Scenes of an Adoption Home Study
In this adoption webinar exclusive to Lifetime, we discuss all-things-home-study. Get expert answers from one of Lifetime’s directors, Linda Rotz, who is also an experienced home study professional. In the webinar, you’ll get to go behind the scenes of the adoption home study so that you’re prepared for what to expect, both before AND after you bring your baby home.
Did you know most hopeful adoptive parents start their home study at the same time they begin their program with Lifetime Adoption? If we can help you learn more about getting started, or taking the next step, toward your family’s adoption dream, just reach out. You can talk with someone at Lifetime today: 1-800-923-6784.
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.