All couples or individuals who want to adopt must have a home study completed in the state they live in. The purpose of this home study is to educate you — the adopting family — and prepare you for adoption.
While home studies may vary from state to state and agency to agency, the process likely will include the same major points. An overview of our process is below.
Background checks. It is required by law that criminal and child abuse records and thorough background checks be conducted, including but not limited to local, state and federal background checks.
Health records. You need to submit health records on your physical and emotional health. Many prospective parents are also required to undergo a physical exam.
Income statements. Tax forms and income check stubs are submitted along with some additional information to demonstrate you are financially stable.