Complete a adoption home study to make sure you’re able to adopt.
Home studies are a chance for you and a social worker to make sure that you have the appropriate environment suitable to raise an adopted child. The Adoption Help Firm can help you find a social worker and assist you with the adoption process.
What is an adoption home study?
An adoption home study is a written report of the adoptive couple prepared by a licensed social worker or approved adoption specialist.
It is based on interviews and reflects a successful outcome of a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect check. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to place a child in a home without a home study.
Once you have a home study on file with the Department of Social Services it must be updated each year.
Home studies are required for all adoptions
No person may place a child in a home for adoption until a home study has been completed by a certified social worker eligible to engage in private independent practice, the department of social services, or a licensed child placement agency and the report has been filed with the department of social services.
Some things that the social worker might ask you to provide are your birth certificates, marriage certificate, divorce decree, military discharge, criminal records, copy of latest income tax return, health statement from a physician, insurance verification, employment verification, reference letters from friends, family members, etc.
Questions will also be asked regarding your motivation to adopt, your childhood and family life, spousal relationship, your financial status and your beliefs about discipline and religion.
If you need help finding a licensed social worker to prepare your home study, please give us a call at 605-339-3939.