The first step toward a new home.
The first step of any adoption process is to obtain a home study. A home study is a written report based on information gathered from personal interviews, phone conversations and written material provided by the family that approves their adoption of a child. The home study must be written by an agency licensed in your home state. During the home study process, a licensed AGAPE social worker visits with the prospective adoptive family to prepare the home study report. Depending on the type of adoption the family is pursuing, two to four visits/interviews are required. At least one visit will occur in the home and everyone living in the home will be interviewed by the social worker.
Some of the topics discussed with the family will cover:
- Motivation to adopt
- Marriage and family relationships
- Parenting style
- Health and financial status
The prospective adoptive family must also provide information that is used in the file as supporting documents for their home study. Some of these documents include:
- Copy of marriage license/certificate
- Birth certificates for each member of the family
- Financial statement and past three (3) years’ tax returns
- References from family and friends
- Medical evaluations for each member of the family
- ABI/FBI and Child Abuse/Neglect Clearances
Domestic and international home study
AGAPE provides both domestic and international home study services. The time frame to complete a home study and the format of the home study vary slightly, depending on the type of adoption (domestic, international, foster care). Through our partnership with Villa Hope Adoption, AGAPE is able to provide international home studies for Hague Convention countries.