Home Study Survival Kit

If you're hoping to adopt a child -- using an agency, an attorney or a facilitator or going directly through the court in an independent adoption -- laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia require that you undergo a home study. Contrary to popular belief, a home study isn't an "investigative report" where adoption professionals do everything they can to see if you have any skeletons hanging in your closet. The process should help educate and prepare you, and create a stronger bond between you and your social worker.

Relax. There's no reason to approach your home study with a tender ego and anxiety over being "approved." If you do your homework, you can look forward to your home study experience with confidence.

Just follow Parent Soup's one-stop guide, courtesy of the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, to surviving your home study:

The Nuts and Bolts of An Adoption Home Study

The Autobiographical Statements

The Health Statement

The Income Statement

The Child Abuse and Criminal Clearances

References

The Home Visit

Some Final Thoughts on the Home Study

10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Home Study

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