What Goes Into An Adoption Home Study, and How Can You Prepare?

If you’re considering adoption, you may have heard about the home study portion of the process. This step in the adoption journey is important in ensuring that the adopted child is entering into a family that is prepared mentally, emotionally, and financially for the big step of adoption. It can be a scary prospect having someone assess your eligibility and your home, but is understandably an incredibly important step in making sure the child in question is entering into a safe and loving home, and is being set up for success. If you’re planning for an adoption home study, you’ll want to have an understanding of what’s to come, and how you can prepare for a successful outcome.

Why are home studies required?

Your adoption home study in Oregon is done for the safety of children. The goal of the home study is to ensure that all prospective adoptive parents are prepared for adoption, emotionally, financially and mentally. Most hopeful adoptive parents in Oregon must first be cleared through an Oregon-licensed home study provider, regardless of the type of adoption or adoption professional you choose. An Oregon home study for adoption has two components: document submission and in-home visit.

What kinds of documents need to be submitted?

The following documents need to be collected and ready to be sent to all the necessary state departments:

Current financial and health records

Personal references that act as your reference letter for adoption

Documents like your driver’s licenses, birth certificates, marriage certificates, pet vaccination records, home deeds, proof of insurance, etc.

FBI fingerprinting, criminal background checks, abuse clearances, etc.

Written autobiographical statements which are a detailed, self-reflective story of the adoptive family’s lives, written individually by the prospective adoptive mother and father.

What goes into the in-home visits?

Your home study’s in-home visits will include a home inspection and family interviews led by your Oregon home study adoption professional.

Your home inspection is conducted to make sure that you’ve taken basic health and safety precautions to provide a safe environment for a child, such as:

  • Gated stairs
  • Covered electrical outlets
  • Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Toxic substances like chemicals, cleaners, and medicines stored away from a child’s reach
  • Fenced-off pools, ponds, etc.
  • And more.

What kinds of topics are covered in the interviews?

Your family interviews will cover a range of topics, but will include:

  • Your feelings about adoption
  • Your parenting techniques
  • How you plan to talk about adoption within your family and more

Does it help to try to prepare for the home study?

Preparation before the home study starts can make a big difference when it comes to how smooth the process goes and how quickly the home study is completed.

The social worker conducting your home study will be able to tell when you’ve been preparing for the home study. That’s going to have a positive impact on the final report. Additionally, the process will seem less stressful if you have a good grasp on what’s happening and what is expected of you.

If you are looking for more information on the adoption process, and how you can prepare for the home study portion of the adoption journey, our attorneys are here to help provide answers and advice to ensure the process is as smooth as possible. Give us a call at (503) 227-0200 to set up your free consultation today.