The home study is an essential part of any adoption. It is the chance for the family to discuss aspects about the adoption that might be of concern and to become educated in adoption-related issues.
The home study consists of several meetings. One will be an inspection of your home. Most important is the gathering of background information: marital records, employment history and criminal-background checks. The purpose of this is to ensure that the children go to safe, loving homes. Be wary of any agency that seeks to cut corners.
In addition, the home study: educates you about the adoptive child's needs, addresses any concerns you might have about the adoption and finally prepares you, the adoptive parents.
Adoption is an important life decision and the home study is one step in your preparation.
Home studies can be prepared for our international programs, US foster-care or family-member adoptions, otherwise for use with another child-placing agency.
HOME STUDY GUIDELINES - taken from the BCIS in Rome
Home-Study Preparer - any party licensed or otherwise authorized under the law of the state of the orphan's proposed residence to conduct the research and preparation for a home study, including the required personal interview(s). This term includes a public agency with authority under that state's law in adoption matters, public or private adoption agencies licensed or otherwise authorized by the laws of that state to place children for adoption, and organizations or individuals licensed or otherwise authorized to conduct the research and preparation for a home study, including the required personal interview(s), under the laws of the state of the orphan's proposed residence. The home-study preparer must provide a copy of her/his license.
In the case of an orphan whose adoption has been both finalized abroad and whose adoptive parents reside abroad, the home-study preparer includes any party licensed or otherwise authorized to conduct home studies under the law of any state of the United States, or any party licensed or otherwise authorized by the foreign country's adoption authorities to conduct home studies under the laws of the respective foreign country.