What to Expect
Steps of your Adoption Home Study journey:
Email for an Introductory Packet:
This packet gives a good idea of what to expect during the home study process. It includes a checklist of necessary documents needed for an accurate study, clearance request forms, as well as instructions. There is no obligation or cost to receiving this packet.
Schedule a Home Visit:
When ready, schedule your home visit. Convenient evening and weekend appointments available and all family members living in the home are required to be present.
Gather necessary documents and obtain state and national clearances:
A checklist of necessary documents can be found in the Introductory Packet. It is recommended that Abuse/Neglect clearance request forms be submitted as soon as possible to avoid delaying the completion of your home study. The instructions for obtaining all necessary clearances are found in the Packet as well.
The home visit is a chance to see your family's environment, assess for safety concerns, learn more about your adoption journey, and review all required documents.
Finalize Home Study report:
Your home study report can generally be completed two weeks after your home visit, provided all clearances and documents are received by then.
Texas Home Study provides any necessary documents to your agency and/or attorney in hopes of a smooth and successful adoption
Post Placement Visit:
Once a child has been placed in your home a post placement visit or report is needed. Depending on the details of the adoption, mulitple post placement visits/reports may be necessary.
In order to provide the most thorough and comprehensive home study possible, intimate details of your life must be shared. It is understood that this type of full disclosure can cause anxiety and stress, so it is my purpose to build a good rapport with you and your family in order to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout this process.
As a licensed professional I am bound by a code of ethics and can assure that all personal information will be kept in the strictest confidence.
The state of Texas mandates that certain topics are discussed during a home study interview:
Personal and Family Background
Previous and Current Relationships
Health Status of everyone in the home
Home and Living Environment
Fertility Issues and Motivation for Adoption
Child Rearing and Discipline Practices
Parenting Values and Expectations
Expectation of and plans for your adopted child
And Texas Home Study assures you that we meet, and in most cases exceed, state requirements for adoption home studies.