How To Adopt
, Adoption Process
Whether adoptive parents are seeking to adopt a child internationally or domestically, families must complete a home study. The home study process can seem daunting but, in fact, it is nothing to fear. A home study is needed in adoption, whether you are adopting internationally or domestically and is a snapshot of you, your spouse or partner, of your home and your past and present life. Remember – many entities during your adoption process will use this as the cornerstone document to establish that you are eligible to adopt, and that you meet the sending country’s requirements, U.S. federal requirements as well as your state of residence requirements. Please note that states vary in their requirements and your home study will substantiate you meet these requirements. The home study process begins by you compiling documents requested by your home study agency. Documents needed are determined by the country you are adopting from and your state of residence’s requirements. Documents can include but are not limited to:
- Criminal History Checks
- Birth Certificates of the adoptive parents
- Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
- Financial documents to prove your financial status
- Medicals of the family
- Proof that pets have been immunized appropriately
- Proof of employment
- Tax returns
What things can you expect during your home study visits? A tour of your home to check for things such as:
- A home that allows the appropriate square footage as designated by the state you reside in to accommodate a child, there should be a room which will be designated for your adopted child
- Overall safety of your home, checking for fire arms, pools etc. and to ensure appropriate safety precautions are in place
- Looking to ensure you have working smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors
- That pets are friendly and up to date on immunizations
- Ensuring medications and alcohol are properly stored and stored safely out of reach of curious hands
- An in-depth interview of you and your spouse/partner
What types of things will you be asked? Types of questions to expect, include, but are not limited to:
- You will be asked about your past and how you grew up, including family, parents and siblings
- You will be asked about your level of education and your job or career
- You will be asked (if married or living with someone) about your marital or couple relationship
- You will be asked about your abilities as a parent and how you will discipline an adopted child
- You will be asked if you have a criminal history (including anything you did as a teen, so always be honest!) Issues with past criminal history does not necessarily disqualify you from adopting
- You will be asked why you have chosen to adopt
Each agency and state will have their own requirements and you should direct specific questions regarding your home study process to your home study provider. Remember, the home study is used to show that you are qualified to adopt , it is not meant to discourage you from adopting. If there are any issues, your agency will make recommendations on what you need to do or change. Agencies are in place because they want you to adopt. After all, there are many children in need of forever families worldwide that need loving parents.
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MLJ Adoptions is a Hague Accredited International Adoption Agency based in Indianapolis, Indiana. We provide ethical, compassionate and attentive adoption services to loving and committed families from across the United States and around the world.
We’ve successfully placed over two hundred and fifty children through our international adoption programs in Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Samoa and Ukraine. MLJ Adoptions believes that every child deserves a loving and permanent family including older children and children with special needs. We also facilitate an Orphan Hosting Program from Ukraine each winter and summer for several weeks.
Our Special Needs Program connects these children with loving adoptive families willing to meet the needs of these special children. We focus on preparing parents by providing education and direct support to ensure that children are placed with families who are equipped and empowered to parent their child successfully. We continue to provide services after placement to ensure that our families are encouraged and supported before, during and after placement.