The Home Study
A home study is a process conducted to assess and prepare families for adoption. The home study includes a home visit by a qualified adoption professional who talks in depth with the family and prepares a written report. Adoption Options provides home studies for both traditional and non-traditional families.
Why Do You Need a Home Study?
A home study is required in almost all adoptions, including public agency, private agency, international, and independent adoptions. The home study also helps adoptive parents understand and prepare for the adoption process.
Preparing for Adoption
The main purpose of the home study is to ensure that families are prepared to take on the responsibility of parenting through adoption and can provide a safe and nurturing home for a child. As part of the process, we work to educate those involved about the impact of adoption on all members of the adoptive circle, including adoptive parents, birth parents, and adopted children.
If you are planning to adopt, we will explore your expectations, concerns, and the types of adoption and degree of openness you would like to pursue. By the time the home study process is done, you will be well prepared to adopt a child.
Meeting Agency and Government Requirements
Adoption Options is a licensed adoption agency. Our home studies are recognized and accepted by other agencies, states, and countries.
We can complete a home study for you whether you use Adoption Options as your adoption agency or go through another channel, and whether you are adopting locally, from anywhere in the United States, or internationally. The completed home study document is valid for one year from the approval date and can be updated annually as needed.