Condensing our lives into a questionnaire is no easy task. It’s impossible to give a complete representation of ourselves. However, the home study application with Adoption Choices of New York provides a comprehensive guide to help prospective adoptive parents list all the information needed to assess their request for adoption. In fourteen pages, the application procures a detailed analysis of who you are, your family, what kind of candidate you are, and many other important areas to consider.
Essentially, the story of your life or your adoption autobiography, as it were. This is by no means a complete picture of the home study application, but a brief glimpse into some of its major components. A printable copy is available on our website.
Application Fee and Expectation
Adoption Choices of New York home study applications require a non-refundable application fee of $550, payable through our website here. Applicants are to fill out all pages to the best of their ability, and are informed that most correspondence is completed through email. All information gathered will remain confidential, unless written permission from the prospective adoptive parent is granted.
Like all other applications, you will need to provide personal details such as: name, address, phone number and email. Then it will slowly dive deeper. It will ask for information regarding other children and household members, date of marriage and what other states in which household members over the age of 18 have resided over the past five years.
Each applicant will need to fill in their place of birth, details pertaining to their physical description, education, occupation, and annual income. Driver’s License and Social Security numbers are also required, as well as religious preference, any past history of divorce, previous children or bankruptcy.
Medical and Background History
The next level of questioning regards a candidate’s medical and health history. Applicants will need to provide their health insurance provider, life insurance provider and a detailed history of any medical issues — current or past.
Any pre-existing or present drug and alcohol problems are also addressed. The agency does a thorough background check to ensure there is nothing that could hinder your adoption journey. They want to make sure that candidates do not have any criminal or abuse history, as some types of criminal or abuse history would immediately terminate their application.
The Home Study Application
In essence, the home study application aims to get as much as information about a prospective candidate as possible. It will highlight both general and specific areas of an applicant’s life, and provide an overall impression to the adoption agency, which will determine whether or not the application goes to the next step.
Beyond the personal details, medical history and more mundane aspects of the paperwork, the application does give prospective adoptive parents ample room to discuss their motivations for adopting, and space to paint a picture of their adoption autobiography. This is the most important part of the entire application.
Your Adoption Autobiography
This is your moment to shine. To share your heart. Why do you want to adopt? What steps have you pursued prior to adoption? What drew you towards adoption? Why now? How long have you been in the adoption process? Are you applying elsewhere?
In the midst of all the smaller details, it’s important to maintain focus. Keep your eyes on the end goal. Don’t let stress and anxiety prohibit or overwhelm you. The home study application is a vital first step to achieving your dream.
Adoption Choices of New York
At Adoption Choices of New York, we strive to help individuals and couples throughout the state who are considering adoption. We want to help you start or grow your family through the miracle of infant adoption.
For more information on adoption or if you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of New York.
Make an Impact
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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