Home Study Overview
Guiding you through an important
part in the process.
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What is a Home Study?
Home studies are required by law for every type of adoption. This study is conducted by a licensed case worker and is a basic overview of your life – including your finances, criminal background checks and personal relationships. It is used by the court system to ensure you have a suitable, stable and nurturing home environment, ready to welcome a child.
This can often be the most time intensive step of the adoption process. It requires extensive reviews of critical documents (marriage licenses, birth certificates, etc.). We would encourage your family to begin this process as soon as you are able so this does not delay your adoption.
If you live in Pennsylvania, we have professionals that can complete this process for you. We’d love to help!
If you live elsewhere, we can guide you to professionals that are licensed to help you in your state.
Elements of a Home Study
While there is variability, most home studies include:
- Submitting personal documents (birth certificates, marriage licenses, financial records)
- Interviews by your case worker with each member of the adoptive household
- Home visits with your caseworker
- Character references
- Background checks (such as child abuse clearances and criminal record checks)