Why The Home Study is Important (information for Birth Mothers)
Choosing an adoptive family for your child can be one of the most stressful parts of the adoption process. Every mother wants to place their child with the right family, which is why conducting the home study is an important part of the adoption process.
The home study is an important part of the process for birth mothers as well because the home study helps you determine if this is the right family to place your child with. The home study is a comprehensive summary of the adoptive parents conducted by a social worker and your adoption agency. In the home study, the social worker observes the daily routines of the prospective parents, and learns about their family history, education, financial means, medical situation and more. In doing this, the social worker is making sure the adoptive family has the means to provide your child with the support and resources they will need. The social worker is also able to determine that the adoptive family’s values and goals align with yours. The home study is another way to establish trust and build a positive relationship.
While you may feel confident with your decision to place your child for adoption, you will want to ensure that your child is in the home that you think will be best at helping them to succeed. The home study is the best way to help ease any concerns of anxieties you may feel about the process. The home study provides a complete picture of the prospective family. Birth mothers work on a personal birth plan with a social worker’s guidance. During the home study, the social worker observing the prospective family will look at their parenting plan and determine if this aligns with what you want for your child. Here are a few things to know about the home study, so you can familiarize yourself with the details.
- The social worker will gather the prospective family’s personal documents whether it be birth certificates, passports, medical records, marriage licenses etc…
- Each member of the prospective family will be interviewed. The social worker may even reach out and interview close family and friends. The social worker will also collect references from the people close to the
- The social worker will conduct a background check on the members of the prospective family. They will also check medical records and finances to make sure that there is a plan in place to provide for the child.
The home study is an important way for the birth mother to feel confident about her decision to place her child with the best family for them. It establishes trust and a solid foundation to build a future relationship on.\
For more information on choosing adoption or choosing an adoptive family for your unborn child, contact Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri now!