Adoption: Preparing for the Home Study

If you have been through the adoption process or are currently going through the process, you know that the home visit can be very intimidating. Below are some things that are involved in the majority of home visits and some tips for getting prepared.

*Note: The agency you have selected to prepare your home study will give you a list of items/documents that you need for the visit. The requested information varies by the type of adoption and the state you live in, so be sure to follow the instructions provided by your agency.

adoption family

Information Requested by Most Agencies

• Autobiographical Statement
• Financial Documents
• Medical Reports
• Background Checks
• References

Tips for Getting Ready

• Be prepared to answer questions about your background, family, employment and life style.
• Have an idea of how you will deal with issues related to the child’s adjustment and discipline.
• Make sure your home is equipped with proper safety equipment (ex. smoke alarms).
• The case worker will want to make sure you have adequate space to accommodate a child/children. Where will the child be sleeping?
• Don’t overly stress about the cleanliness of you house. Yes, you want your house to be clean and safe, but most case workers understand that some clutter is to be expected.

For more information visit –

http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_homstu.cfm
http://www.ehow.com/how_2084843_prepare-preadoption-home-study.html
http://adoption.about.com/od/adopting/a/homestudy.htm
http://www.nathansonadopt.com/

Have you adopted and gone through the Home Study Process?  What would you recommend? Leave a comment below..

Adoption Books for Kids

Once again, please welcome Makisha Howell, who will be contributing to the Mom squad on the topic of Adoption!

Adoption can be hard to understand, especially if you are kid.  Below are adoption related books which can offer a better understanding for young children.

I Wished for You: An Adoption Story by Marianne Richmond

This award winning book is recommended for both parents and children affected by adoption.

I wished for you

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

A Mother for Choco is recommended for families that are affected by interracial adoption.

Mother For Choco

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption Story by Lori Rosove

Rosie’s Family: An Adoption story encourages children to ask questions about adoption, and discusses the issues of being different.

rosie's family

Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz

A vibrant story about international adoption, Over the Moon follows the journey of becoming parents. This was the first book I purchased for my little man.

Over the Moon

Other Children’s Books About Adoption

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis

God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergen

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose Lewis

Happy Adoption Day by John McCutheon.