Adoptive parents need to go through an intensive investigation by a social worker prior to adopting a child, which is called a homestudy. The investigation includes state, local and federal background (FBI) checks. A homestudy is one of the first steps in the adoption process. The homestudy interview will consist of 3-4 home visits by the social worker. The social worker will discuss the adoptive parent(s) motivation to adopt, religion, health, home and neighborhood, and lifestyle and financial information. The social worker will also discuss the adoptive parent(s) childhood, parents, siblings and possible childhood abuse that parents may have endured as children. If there are already children in the home the social worker will interview the children and learn their thoughts about adding to the family through adoption. discuss the parenting styles and values of adoptive parents. The social worker will also explore education and work history. In addition, adoptive parents must submit a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation from friends, church officials and coworkers. The adoptive family must also prove that they are financially stable and have a loving and supportive household.
The adoptive family is unique from the start because their family is tied up in a bureaucratic system. Applications and homestudies must be complete prior to becoming an adoptive family. The homestudy procedure may seem intimidating to prospective adoptive parents. However, it is necessary to ensure the safety of the child being placed with the family. It is important to note that there is not a “perfect parent”. Biological parents are not perfect. Adoptive parents are not perfect and social workers are not looking for “perfect parents”. Adoption is a lifetime commitment and the goal of the homestudy is to ensure a safe, happy, healthy and stable home for the family.
If you choose to adopt through MAYA Organization, the cost of a homestudy is included in your fees. MAYA also completes home studies for those adopting privately or using a different service for the placement of their child. To learn more about the homestudy process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-945-7670, ext 101.