Common Questions about the Home Study

What is an adoption home study?

The home study is a narrative report prepared by a social worker and includes a home visit, interviews with all household members, child abuse and criminal clearances, medical reports, and other documents and takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. If a child has not been placed into your home within 12 months, the home study must be updated. The written home study report is used by attorneys, adoption agencies, state offices, and courts at various point in your adoption process.

Do you work with singles and LGBTQ individuals or same-sex couples?

Yes. Adoption Choices works with all individuals and couples pursuing agency, private, independent, identified, step and second parent adoptions.

Do my children have to be interviewed?

Younger children will be observed during the home visit. Older children will be interviewed. Your social worker will discuss what is appropriate for your child when they schedule the home visit.

What if I have a medical or psychiatric history, illness or take medication?

You must be in stable medical and psychiatric health in order to adopt. If you have a history of medical or psychiatric issues, you will be asked for a doctor’s statement regarding treatment and prognosis, as well as readiness to assume the responsibility of parenting.

Do I need a room set up for an infant?

No. You will be asked where a baby will initially sleep and your future plans regarding space for a growing child.

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