If you have made the life-changing decision to adopt a child, you have a series of obstacles and processes to overcome before starting life as a family. One of the most significant parts of the adoption process is the home study, in which a social worker visits your home and determines whether it is child-ready. These investigations ensure whether or not your home meets standards regarding firearm storage, smoke alarms, water supply, etc. With so much on the line, you are likely worried about all that can potentially go wrong. However, you don’t have to be.
Consider these insider tips to prepare for your home study:
- Stay calm. It is natural to be nervous and the social worker examining your home knows this. Your home does not need to be prim and spotless, it simply needs to be safe enough to provide a loving upbringing for your child.
- Make sure your home is up-to-code and up-to-date. The social worker will check every potential hazard, paying particular attention to the child’s living conditions.
- Be honest and transparent with the answers you provide. Any attempt to cover-up or exclude something about your home life will only be used to deter your adoption from ever taking place.
- Be ready to review a significant amount of paperwork once your home study is complete. If you are in a relationship, your partner should be present as well.
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At Adoption Choices of Florida, we are proud to help families find each other through the numerous challenges standing in their way. We are with you throughout this entire process.
We are available 24 hours a day, including weekends. Call (800) 985-8108 at your earliest convenience to speak to a caring and understanding representative of our agency.