Adoption Forums®

Members List Photos Events Local Adoption Support Search Arcade Reviews Membership Upgrade
Welcome to the Forums.
If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ. You may have to register before you can post or search: click here to proceed. To start viewing messages, select a forum below that you would like to view or click View All of Todays Posts.
Forum Categories

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-24-2005, 04:50 PM
Kymom2b's Avatar
Kymom2b Kymom2b is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 235
Total Points: 35,235.96
What does a homestudy consist of?

What exactly does a domestic homestudy consist of? We will probably be ready to start the process in a month or so and I thought I could go ahead and start the paperchase! I'm assuming every agency has slightly different requirements and fees for the homestudy?

Reply With Quote
Adoption Information
Dylan & Jennifer (MD)
are hoping to adopt
Dylan & Jennifer hoping to adopt A Service of Adoption Profiles

Old 03-24-2005, 05:32 PM
SadieAnn's Avatar
SadieAnn SadieAnn is offline
I'm a Mommy!
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 671
Total Points: 24,988.42
Our experience

Agency gave us stack of forms to complete. Our family history, personal questions to answer, copies of some certificates such as marriage, birth, financial questions, tax return, personal references. Ran a criminal background check, and check to see if we'd ever been involved in child abuse/neglect.

After all the was submitted a date was set for visit to our home by a SW. The actual tour of home was quick and painless. The meat of the visit was a joint interview with dh & I, and then an individual one. Most of the questions were the same as we had already completed in the packet we sent them. Our SW was kind and easy to talk to. My nerves quickly subsided. I found I worried a long time for nothing. We passed with no problem, as I believe most do.

Fees do vary, but I hear often of home studies costing @ $1500 - $3000. I'm sure some are less and some more. Ours was in that range.
1st Placement Fails 1/05
2nd Match, Born 4/05, Finalized 10/05!
Trajedy strikes, DH dies suddenly 12/05
Paving a new path for myself & son
Reply With Quote
Old 03-24-2005, 05:33 PM
LisaCA's Avatar
LisaCA LisaCA is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 3,270
Total Points: 103,711.00

homestudies are things that strike fear in the heart of paparents when they hear about them but for the most part they are harmless. it's just a chance for the sw to get to know you better and to present a few things for you to think about. They check out your home and tell to to do things, like cover vents and add a pool gate. they also talk to you and your partner, just to see the dynamic in the relationship. they talked to us individually then as a group.

we cleaned our house til you could dine on the floor-completely unnecessary. made dh install carbon monoxide detectors, fire alarms and fire extinguishers in every room, etc.-unnecessary, though I'm sure appreciated. we even bought an escape ladder for dd's room since it's upstairs. our social worker didn't really care(poor dh). The best thing about the sw visits was that dh had to leave work early-and he never does that for me . I kept telling her she should come every month for the rest of our lives.

fees were $1750 i think.

we tried to offer our sw some beverages or food, but she wouldn't accept anything but water.

one thing, tell the sw the truth, even if it's ugly. honesty is always the best policy here.

take care and good luck,

-first time amom to dd, born 7/7/04
-placed in our arms by a very loving bmom 7/9/04
-bfather's rights terminated 9/7/04
-just connected with bdad!!! 2/9/05
-visited bfamilies for a week, awesome trip 6/05
-bfather signed legally binding open adoption
agreement 7/05
-finalized (woohoo!) 18th of November 2005
-Thinking about adoption #2!
[color=Purple] Support All Families. Advocate for the Return of the Non-Traditional Families Forum

Last edited by FH-LisaCA : 03-24-2005 at 05:35 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2005, 09:49 AM
Dee1234's Avatar
Dee1234 Dee1234 is offline
Proud Mom & Author
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 327
Total Points: 37,322.73
For our home study, we needed to gather all our financial documents, including any loan and mortgage balances, recent bank statements, stock statements, 401K, credit card balances, paycheck stubs, tax returns for the previous year, etc. We also needed to provide info on our insurance coverage and have a copy of our marriage license and driver's licenses. Our agency also did background checks on both of us. Our agency's fee for the home study was $1,500.

Prior to the study, we both completed autobiographies on our lives and backgrounds. Our agency gave us a list of questions to adddress in our autobiographies. Some of the topics we covered were our thoughts on adoption and child rearing, our childhood memories, how we met, info on our families, etc.

I also cleaned the house like crazy and was nervous about the home study. It turned out not to be a big deal. Our social worker was very friendly and not intimidating at all. She really put our minds at ease! Just remember that this is not a test, they just want to know more about you to see what type of parents you'll be.

Good luck to you in your adoption journey!
Deanna in Michigan
Mother of a wonderful daughter who joined our family through domestic adoption!

Last edited by Dee1234 : 03-25-2005 at 09:52 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2005, 11:06 AM
ahimsa's Avatar
ahimsa ahimsa is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 290
Total Points: 28,588.21
Smile Read our Journal...

I am working on a journal on this website that talks about ours. Just go under "Journals" and look for ours! :-)
"Life may not be the party we hoped for...but while we are here, we might as well dance!"
Reply With Quote

« Previous Thread | Next Thread »

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Points Per Thread View: 1.00
Points Per Thread: 15.00
Points Per Reply: 5.00

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:32 PM.