Legacy Adoption Services

The Adoption Home Study Process

Helping prospective parents understand the adoption home study process

Think about all the things you want for your child. Those are exactly the things that our Texas adoption agency and our birth mothers want. The adoption home study process helps us ensure that prospective parents can provide a safe, secure life and home environment for the babies we place. Hopeful parents often dread or fear the home study. However, knowledge and preparation make the experience manageable and successful.

The adoption home study process is educational for everyone

During the home study process, prospective parents provide information to help our staff find the most suitable families for our birth mothers. The time spent preparing for a home study and the meeting itself also educates adoptive parents about modern adoption.

Parents learn about themselves while they prepare for the study and discuss their hopes and dreams for the child they want to bring into their family. The process is a two-way street where parents ask and answer questions.

Preparing for your home study

Many people think of the in-home interview when they think about the adoption home study process. However, there are several steps to complete before the in-home interview.

  • Complete the application and submit the application fee.
  • Submit required documents and signed forms.
  • Schedule and complete the FBI fingerprint check and any additional requests.
  • Submit references and medical information to our agency.

You should also complete adoption training before your in-home interview, if possible. Our Texas adoption agency can help you find training resources.

Preparing for your adoption home study begins with your application. This document provides us with information about your life, your motivation for adoption and your hopes and dreams for your family. We also need information about your health, your income and your home.                      

Learn what to expect during the home study visit and interview

The purpose of the home study visit and interview is to get to know you and ensure that your home is a safe environment for a baby. We understand that the idea of an in-home visit may make you nervous but knowing what to expect should help.

Your social worker will look over your home with an eye for safety and appropriate space for the baby. You will also sit down for an interview and discuss your interests, your work and your community.

This meeting is the perfect time to ask questions and address any concerns you have about the adoption process. Think of this as the ultimate getting to know you meeting. Try to relax and dig into the process.

At our Texas adoption agency, when our birth mothers meet our families, we want them to feel confident that we have done a thorough job of vetting prospective parents. Contact us to learn more about the adoption home study process.