The Home Study Interview Part III

Your social worker will cover a lot of ground in the first and second home study interviews. The third interview will cover specialized parenting and transracial adoption. Individual interviews will also take place during this portion of the home study process.

Transracial Adoption

Deciding to adopt a child of another race goes back to your motivation to adopt. If you have chosen to adopt a child of another race of culture, your social worker will have specific questions prepared to gain more insight into how you will prevent the child’s culture and the diversity already in your life. Your social worker will want to ensure that you are adopting transracially because you feel it’s the right choice for your family, and not for another reason — like making a political statement or proving you’re a “good person.”

Adopting a child of race or culture different from yours can be exciting and enriching; however, it is usually an obvious adoption and issues with discrimination and racism can affect your child’s self-esteem. A few questions to ask yourself are: what changes in your lifestyle and circle of friends need to be made in order to corporate your child’s culture into your home? How will you encourage the development of cultural identity in your child and make an effect to show him or her that cultural and racial origins are valuable? Research transracial adoption and be familiar with the possible challenges you will face.

Individual Interviews

After three interviews with you as a couple, individual interview will take place. Any children age 4 or older and additional adults living in the home will also be interviewed individually. This portion of the home study process will assess each person’s readiness for and knowledge about the adoption. How have your prepared them for the addition of an adopted child to the family?

Here are some examples of questions you might be asked during the individual interview: your date and place of birth, any divorces of your parents (if applicable), your position in the birth order, a history of moves (if applicable), the quality of the marriage of your parents, your relationship(s) with siblings and discipline and your childhood home.

Also included will be your education and employment history, how your childhood family functioned, any history of childhood or adult trauma/loss, and any history of drug/alcohol use, counseling, and previous marital history. If you have a history of crime/arrest/violence, this will be discussed. Your social worker will ask about your extended family relationships, your personal characteristics such as health and physical stamina, acceptance of differences, coping skills/stress management, self-esteem, commitment and responsibility. Further, your marriage, and current relationships will be discussed as well as if you have experienced any infertility and how that has been mitigated in your life.

Previous Marriages/Children

If you have a history of previous marriage(s) or children from a previous union, they will be discussed during the third home study interview.

With this, your social worker is debunking any potential red flags. For instance, if there’s a record of several marriages and history of instability, this may be cause for concern.

Your social worker, again, is trying to ensure that you are providing the best possible home for and adopted child.

To read the previous two articles in this series, please visit: “The Home Study Interview: Part I” and “The Home Study Interview: Part II.”

Adoption Choices of Colorado

For more information on adoption please contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. We can reached via our website or phone 303-670-4401.

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About the Author

Rachel RobertsonRachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2018, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.

In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.

When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.

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Resources:

 “10 Things To Help You Prepare For The Home Study.” Adoption.org, adoption.org/10-things-need-know-youre-preparing-home-study.

“Completing a Home Study.” AdoptUSKids, www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/how-to-adopt-and-foster/getting-approved/home-study.

Craft, Carrie. “Issues to Consider Before Adopting Outside of Your Race.” Verywell Family, www.verywellfamily.com/considering-interracial-adoption-27326.

“The Adoption Home Study Process.” Child Welfare Information Gateway, www.childwelfare.gov/pubpdfs/f_homstu.pdf.

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