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The basics of home studies

| Oct 3, 2018 | Adoption |

When a Texas family is seeking to adopt a child, it can be important for them to know what to expect in the adoption process. This process involves many different steps. One of these steps is the home study.

This step is also sometimes referred to as a pre-adoptive home screening. In a home study, a caseworker goes to a prospective adoptive family’s home to see the home and talk with the members of the household.

There are various standards a home is required to meet to be approved as a home for an adopted child. The home study is aimed at gauging whether a home meets these requirements and how well the home would meet a child’s safety and space needs.

There are many different things a caseworker may ask a prospective adoptive family about during the interview portion of a home study. This includes questions on the family’s adoption motivations, relationships, health status, personal history and experiences. It also includes questions on their feelings, opinions and sensitivity levels related to various issues connected to adoption and raising kids.

After the home study, the prospective adoptive family will generally get word on whether or not their home received approval. They will also be given the reasons for the decision to grant or deny approval.

There are many questions prospective adoptive families may have about home studies and the other steps of the adoption process. Getting clear and accurate answers to these questions can be very important for such families. Family law attorneys experienced in adoption matters can help families get the information and support they need when going through the adoption process.