Home Study Interviews Part I

Similar to test anxiety, home study anxiety is a well-known reality in the home study process. But Adoption Choices of Colorado wants to reassure you that the home study interviews are nothing to be afraid of. Our staff of knowledgeable and experienced caseworkers are non-judgmental and cooperative. Several of them are adoptive parents themselves, so they are very understanding of the process, and compassionate with everyone they work with.

A common misconception about home studies is there is more focus on the home inspections than anything else. Understandably, that’s what the terminology leads you to believe. Yet, that is only a small part of what happens. The larger — and more important — purpose of a home study is to compile a complete assessment of the prospective adoptive parents, and any other household members. To do this, social workers divide the process into three joint interviews.

Following are the major categories that Adoption Choices of Colorado covers during the first home visit.

Motivation to Adopt

Why do you want to adopt? This is, no doubt, a question you asked yourself before starting the adoption journey. When you determined your true motivation and the core reason why you are choosing adoption to build your family. Now is the time to tell the social worker where your heart is. Remember — the social worker is there to be your advocate. They want you to adopt. They want to hear your personal experiences that lead you to adoption, and how you plan to provide a future for the child.

Don’t slant your answers towards what you think the social worker wants to hear. Be honest and open.

Home and Community

When assessing a home, social workers want to gain insight into the location and its surroundings. If it’s close to schools, what kind of neighbors are around, and details about the home itself. Be ready to provide any and all requested information regarding the description of your home, square footage, age, and how long you have lived there. Definitely include information about where the child will be sleeping, play areas inside and outside, and safety issues.

Preparedness is key — for both parties.

Lifestyle

Another area the social worker will want to know about concerns your lifestyle. Your weekday and weekend routines, what role each of you play in the home and marriage, and what you do for fun. What hobbies and interests both of you have. This provides insight into who you are as people, and what types of activities the prospective child may be presented with.

The social worker will ask what each of you does for a living, your working hours, and how much flexibility they have in their respective work schedules. Should there be an emergency, who would be the first who could respond? Who is going to stay home if the child gets sick? You will also be asked to describe your daycare options if/when you both return to work.

Health and Finances

Discussing finances and health history are important parts of the home study. Both provide information the social worker needs to compile your family assessment. Financial statements will show if you can comfortably support any and all monetary needs of the child until they reach adulthood.

During the interview concerning your health, the social worker must determine if you have the stamina to parent a child, if your diet is nutritious, your physical activity, and if you received annual physical exams. Current drug and alcohol use is covered, as are any addictions to over-the-counter or prescription medications. Please be candid about any physical or mental health conditions you are being treated for, and be ready with the names of all medications you are taking.

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.

Support Adoption Choices

CrowdriseAdoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.

However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.

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 2011, 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:

“5 Tips to Get through Your Adoption Home Study.” Infant Adoption Guide, 18 Sept. 2015, infantadoptionguide.com/5-tips-for-adoption-home-study/.

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

“Adoption Home Study Questions.” Binti, binti.com/home-study/adoption-home-study-questions/.

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