What in the World is a Home Study and Why is it SO Important?

12 Jul

I don’t claim to be completely knowledgeable about this topic, but I have had more people ask me what this is than almost any other question I’ve received on adoption. So here is my humble attempt at answering it for all of you (and those of you who know about this more than me, PLEASE correct me in the comments for all to see!):

1. Nothing can be done in our adoption without paperwork. Our Home Study is TONS of paperwork

2. It consists of lots of biographical questions about Nick and I. e.g,:

  • Where have you lived?
  • What religion are you?
  • How will you discipline? How did you parents discipline you?
  • How do you feel about adopting a child of another race?
  • Where is the nearest bus stop?
  • What do you and your spouse do for fun?
  • Where do you work?
  • Who will watch your child if you choose to go back to work?
  • What traditions will you start as a family?
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?

3. Background check

4. Fingerprints

5. References from friends and co-workers

6. Approval from our doctor that we are in good health

7. Training or seminars we have attended on adoption

8. Income statement

9. Home visit from social worker (she checks out our home and checks out us!)

10. Copies of marriage license, drivers license, bank statement, birth certificate, social security card,.

11. Our paperwork has to be reviewed by the government and then notarized.

Nothing can be done further in our adoption until we have this paperwork. If we want to apply for loans, we have to have a finished home study. If we want to start making our profile for birth moms to look at, we have to have a finished home study and $5,000.

I’m pretty sure there are more steps and/or things we had to do, but I probably blocked them out of my mind! Here is a source that tells you more about it.

Now do you see why I am SO excited that our paperwork is finalized? :)

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2 Responses to “What in the World is a Home Study and Why is it SO Important?”

  1. Nick July 12, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    It was such a sweet blessing to finally know this part of our adoption is complete. Now, on to the rest! Thanks Beck for sharing this.

  2. therigneys July 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I would have never thought that they needed to know how close a bust stop is to your house. Crazy!

    Wow- adoption is a lot of work! So glad a big step is out of the way!

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