What is a Home Study?

We talk to a lot of prospective adoptive parents at Binti, and one of the first questions they typically have for us is, “What is a home study for adoption?”

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A home study is the first step in the adoption journey

The home study is a process that qualifies you to adopt a child. So what is involved in a home study for adoption? Specific home study requirements may differ slightly on a state-by-state basis, but the general components include a home visit by a social worker, interviews, background checks, and a set of paperwork which you can complete online through Binti. (Review the full home study checklist.)

Many parents are intimidated by the home study process, but we assure you that it doesn’t have to be a source of anxiety. Binti Adoption Services will pair you with the most reputable and friendly social workers in your state so that you can relax during your home study process. Parents often find that the home study process helps provide a structured way to think about the reality of what life might look like after adoption, so that they are prepared for when they are able to adopt.

What is a home study from a social worker’s perspective?

Our social workers are not looking for your home to be perfect — there is no need to go remodel your home or make it look like it’s out of a Pottery Barn catalog. When a social worker visits your home, they are just making sure it is a loving and safe home. If there are any safety concerns in the house (e.g. uncovered electrical outlets), they will typically tell you about them and give you time to fix them.

Get started on your home study today

All in all, the answer to “What is an adoption home study?” is that a home study is simply a way for social workers to understand if you are ready to adopt. It’s also an opportunity for you to take some dedicated time to think about your adoption plan.

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