Every #adoption starts with a home study. Adoption laws in every state require prospective adoptive parents to complete a pre-adoption assessment called a home study. The home study and adoption education thoroughly prepares prospective couples for parenting an adopted child. It is important for both Adoptive Families and Birth Parents understand the process of a Home Study and realize its importance.
Being required by law isn’t the only reason for a home study. A home study is also conducted to evaluate the prospective adopter’s desire and commitment to adopt. The home study is a process that includes interviewing prospective parents, talking to them in their homes, checking their references and reviewing medical, financial, and other relevant information. Criminal records checks and child abuse clearances are also usually performed.
The interviews allow our caseworkers to gather information about the adoptive family and assess if a stable environment exists for the family to receive an adoptive placement. It is a time when the prospective adoptive parents and the caseworker mutually assess the qualities and behaviors of each family member parent(s) and previously adopted children and children by birth. The home study is an opportunity to identify potential areas of difficulty and develop a plan prior to the placement of a child. Adverse experiences can be viewed as having contributed to the strengths the family has developed, rather than as deficiencies that make them less than “perfect”.
The result is a written report.
The home study process at Adoption Choices of Texas is non-judgmental and cooperative. Our caseworkers are trained professionals who are compassionate and understanding, with many years of experience in working with prospective adoptive parents. Several of our caseworkers are themselves adoptive parents. Making the home study experience enjoyable, educational, and positive is of utmost importance, along with helping you discover the unique attributes you bring to parenting an adopted child.
Perspective Adoptive Families, request more information here.
Birth Parents, a recap of why the Adoptive Families must have a home study:
- To explore the reasons why the prospective adopter wants to adopt.
- To evaluate the prospective adopter as a possible parent.
- To educate the prospective adopter about adoption (and possibly about the child he or she is seeking to adopt).
- To give the prospective adopter a chance for self-evaluation.
- To check background, criminal records, and financial resources.
Knowing you are placing your child with a family who meets state requirements AND has been evaluated to ensure a safe and loving home is peace of mind during your #adoptionjourney