The home study portion of the adoption process is a source of stress for many prospective adoptive parents, but it doesn’t need to be. It may seem like an intrusive step, but it is absolutely necessary.
First, let’s cover briefly what is included in a home study. The orientation will provide information about adoption in general, the adoption agency, and the adoption process. Training will provide education about the particular needs of adoptees, common adoption issues, and the agency’s requirements. Interviews will be conducted with prospective parents; often prospective parent interviews are held both with each parent separately and with both parents together as a couple. Additionally, children in the home will be asked what they think and how they feel about adopting a sibling.
The home visit will be performed to ensure the home will be a safe environment. It must also pass licensing standards, which vary by state. Adopting a child is an important task. The social worker will be thorough, so any and all concerns can be handled before the child arrives. He will answer questions to make sure the prospective parent can make the best decisions for the family. The information shared during the home study not only helps the social worker to evaluate the capability and sustainability of prospective parents, but also helps him to better match the family with a child that is right for them.
It may seem awkward for prospective parents to discuss previous fertility issues, previous experiences with children, or planned parenting strategies. It may be nerve-racking to allow a stranger to inspect your home, but in the end, the adoption process will be worth it. Parenting is not an easy job, and it stands to reason that the adoption process would also take work. At the end of the day, social workers are trying to get prospective parents approved for adoption, not ruled out.
Ashley Foster is a freelance writer. She is a wife and mother of two currently residing in Florida. She loves taking trips to the beach with her husband and sons. As an infant, she was placed with a couple in a closed adoption. Ashley was raised with two sisters who were also adopted. In 2016, she was reunited with her biological family. She advocates for adoptees’ rights and DNA testing for those who are searching for family. Above all, she is thankful that she was given life. You can read her blog at http://ashleysfoster.blogspot.com/.