Unlike in real life where just about anyone can have a child if they choose, adoptions are a bit different. In order to adopt through an agency or in some state’s through an independent arrangement the adoptive parents must go through a process known as the home study. This home study is conducted by the courts or agency and determines the couples ability to adopt. A social worker or adoption agency employee will look as several different aspects of the adoptive couple’s life and consider if they are able to adopt or not.
If you are considering adoption this home study can sound a bit scary. After all you will be opening your private life up to a strange and they will have the ability to determine if you can adopt or not. In order to take a bit of the mystery out of these home studies, here is a look at what will be looked at during the home study.
Financial Stability. The workers will look into every aspect of your financial life. They will look at bank records, savings accounts, real estate, credit history and past debt.
Marital Stability. Some of the aspects that are looked at for marital stability include length of the relationship, filings for divorce or separation, marriage counseling and even previous marriages or relationships.
Lifestyle. This is a bit vague and can vary depending on who is doing the home study but they will look at outside activities, work activities, community service and even hobbies.
Criminal History. Do you have any previous convictions? If so, what are they for?
Health. The agency or social worker will look at your physical and mental health to ensure that they are placing the child with a healthy couple who is able to care for them.
The home study might seem intrusive but all adoption agencies are trying to is make sure they are placing the child in good hands.