How to Ace the Adoption Home Study
What to expect and how to get prepared
Could the Home Study Findings Prevent Us from Adopting?
In the objective, paperwork department you could encounter setbacks if you have:
- an arrest record (not in every case — Lubowich says it depends upon what type of arrest and how long ago it occurred)
- certain issues in your medical or mental health history
- a history of financial problems or a troubled financial situation
- multiple marriages (one or two previous marriages probably won’t hurt your chances but more than that might)
- an unstable job history
Some countries also have rules that might disqualify a particular family, such as parents’ ages, how long they’ve been married, and current or past health problems.
Problems can also arise if the social worker senses any underlying issues that need to be resolved. For example, one spouse might be in favor of adoption while the other is not completely on board. In the case of transracial adoptions, it might become apparent during the home study that there’s some discomfort with becoming a transracial family. If infertility has been a factor in the decision to adopt, sometimes one spouse is willing to stop infertility treatments while the other wants to try one more cycle. Wojnilower says that in these kinds of cases, an agency can provide some counseling but it might be necessary for the prospective parents to seek counseling elsewhere before continuing the adoption process.
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