A home study is the first step in the adoption journey. So what does a home study consist of? How does it work? The process begins with an investigation by an adoption agency. The purpose is to gather information about the prospective adoptive parents including
📍 their financial situation
📍 their physical and mental health status
📍 their family backgrounds & relationships
It’s typical for an agency social worker to interview the adoptive parents and visit their home. After all, it’s important to have a sense of who the adoptive parents are and what environment they will parent in. Agencies will also request that the adoptive parents submit to a criminal background check, as well as a search of the child abuse and sexual offender registries, driving records and provide personal references.
The process can seem daunting, but the good news is once you have completed the process in Virginia, the home study is good for 36 months after it’s completed. (Check your state’s requirements!)
And cost – I know you want to know how expensive the process is. It ranges, but you should expect to pay between $1000 and $3000, possibly more depending on where you live.
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