For some adults, having a baby naturally isn't possible. In those cases, as well as other cases, adoption might be a feasible option to have a child. As part of the adoption process, prospective adoptive parents have to go through a home study. This home study is a very involved process. For our readers in Nebraska, getting the answers to some basic questions might help them decide if adoption is a good option for them.
What is a home study?
A home study is a report that a worker makes about your family after visiting your home and asking you and your family members some important questions. The home study is meant to assess your abilities to raise a child. It also considers the home you can provide for the child. The physical characteristics of your home are also important because the home study assesses the safety of your home for a child. Everyone in your home must have a criminal background check done.
What are some of the topics of a home study?
You will be asked why you want to adopt a child, how you were raised, what type of parenting style you have and how you plan on disciplining your child. Your employment history and financial status are also considered to ensure that you can care for the child. Your health and the health of your family members are another aspect of your life covered by the home study.
How long does a home study take to complete?
The collection of information for a home study takes an average of two months to complete. This time frame can vary depending on certain aspects of the home study.
Going through the adoption process is a very involved journey since the state only wants to place children in safe, loving homes. Learning more about the adoption process is vital for any prospective adoptive parent to ensure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities throughout the process.
Source: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, "Adoption: A Guide for Nebraska Foster & Adoptive Families" Nov. 05, 2014