An adoption homestudy evaluates the appropriateness of your family as an adoptive placement. With very few exceptions, you must have one completed before a child can be placed with you for the purpose of adoption. The process will help you learn more about yourselves and the kind of child you can best parent. It will also provide us with the information we need to make the best possible match for your family and provide the court with much of the information needed to legally finalize an adoption.
The evaluation process, the contents of the written report, and the time it takes to complete varies from state to state and agency to agency; however, it typically takes 3 to 4 months to complete and requires the following:
At the end of the process, the social worker reports his or her findings and recommendations in a written document called the adoption homestudy.