The home study process is the adoptive assessment. It is educational as well as a self-evaluation process for the social worker to get to know you and your family, help you to determine what age and the type of child best fits into your family, and what other important characteristics you would be willing to accept in a child. The home study process will include some or all of the following:
- A series of individual and joint interviews with each prospective parent in the home.
- A visit to your home to ensure a safe environment and meet State licensing standards.
- Child interviews if there are children in the home.
- Background checks.
- Proof of employment and financial stability.
- Education classes and training.
Typically these steps result in the writing of a home study report that reflects the social worker’s findings. This report is about 15-20 pages in length and is a comprehensive overview of the family. On average the home study takes about 3 months to complete.