Adoption Home Study Questions
The home study is an opportunity for a social worker to get to know you better so that they can determine if you are ready to adopt a child. Typical home study questions fall into a couple of categories:
(1) Your personal background and philosophies
(2) Your motivations for becoming a parent and any child preferences
The exact home study questions you are asked will differ by state and adoption provider. The following sample adoption home study questions should give you a sense of the types of questions you might be asked.
- Describe the family you grew up in.
- Was there any drug or alcohol dependency in your family history? If so, how has this affected you?
- Describe the discipline and child rearing practices your parents used.
- What were you like as a child and a teenager?
- What is your present relationship with your parents, siblings, and extended family members?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Who do you consider to be your support network?
- Have you ever been seen by a therapist or counselor?
- What is your financial situation? Can you live within your means and save for future expenses?
- Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime? If so, please explain fully.
- Do you have any pets? Have your pets ever shown any signs of aggressiveness?
- Discuss the strong points in your marriage.
- How do you make decisions as a couple?
- What are areas of disagreement and how are they usually resolved?
Motivation to adopt
- Describe the process that led you to adoption. What is your motivation to adopt?
- What is your experience with infertility?
- What are your worries and concerns about the adoptive placement and the lifetime commitment of adoption?
- What have you done to educate yourself on adoption?
Attitudes toward parenting
- If you have children, what has parenthood been like and how has it changed your lifestyle? Describe your relationship with your children.
- What do you see as your strengths as a parent?
- What are your views on disciplining children? What are your opinions on corporal punishment?
- Describe the type and duration of contact that you are willing to have with the child’s birth parent(s).
- Who will stay with the baby or child for the first month after arriving in your home?
- How much maternity/paternity leave do you have available to you?
- What are your plans for child care if both parents return to work?
- What age range and gender of children would you be willing to adopt? How about twins or siblings?
- Would you consider a child with prenatal drug or alcohol exposure? Would you be open to other disabilities (e.g. congenital heart defect, autism, etc.)
- Are you open to parenting a child of another race? If so, what are your experiences with children and adults of other races?
- If your child does not physically look like you, how will you handle comments regarding his or her looks from strangers, friends, and family?
- Do you have family or friends that are of the same race or culture as the child?
- How will your extended family, other children in the home, neighbors, or friends respond to or accept a child of a race or culture different from their own?
- What is your understanding of racism? Do you have any experience with racism?