The home study helps us to ensure that your home and family are an ideal match for a child.
What is a home study?
A home study is a report, usually running from 10 to 20 pages, that provides basic details about your family and your home environment—details that are relevant to the well-being of a child. Every family must have an approved home study in order to adopt. To prepare the report, you will submit required documentation from a list provided by the Agency. Once all documentation is turned in, an Agency social worker will come to your home and interview all members of your household. The final report summarizes all the documentation you provided, plus the information gathered in the interview. The purpose is simply to ensure that the child will be placed in a good, safe, and loving home.
How do I start the home study?
The process is an easy one. Just complete our home study application (click here), pay the home study fee (at the end of the application), and our office will reach out to you. We can discuss any questions you may have, and you can then begin working on a checklist of supporting documentation that we need in order to complete your home study. As you get closer to completing the checklist, we’ll work with you to schedule a time for a home visit.
How long does a home study take?
Mostly, the timing depends on how quickly you can get us the documentation we need. Once you’ve done that, we’ll come out to interview you in your home—and from that point, you should have your home study in hand within four short weeks. If you need to rush the home study, just let us know. There is an additional fee for that, but we can do it.
What is post-placement supervision?
After placement has been made, post-placement supervision is required by law. Most often, this supervision is carried out by the same agency that conducts the home study. The Agency sends a professional to your home to meet with you and the child, and he or she writes a report about the child’s health, safety, home environment, and several other topics. Most often, the report recommends continued placement, and therefore permanent adoption. But it may note specific concerns, and either call for these concerns to be addressed or (very uncommonly) recommend an alternative placement. The number of required supervision reports depends on the nature of your adoption, as well as what state you live in. If you adopt through an adoption agency (like ours) in the state of Texas, you need five reports over a six-month period before you can finalize your adoption.