What to Expect During an Adoption Home Study

A husband and wife holding their adoptive son

Adopting a child involves a lot of steps, one of which is the home study. When you hear the words "home study," it's normal to feel a little bit nervous. Rest assured, it's a standard part of the adoption process and you don't have to be perfect.

You may be able to choose the home study provider you will work with. Do some research to find a provider who understands the challenges and time constraints associated with military life. Depending on the laws in your state, the home study may be conducted by one of the following:

  • A state or county social worker
  • A social worker from a licensed adoption agency
  • A counselor in private practice

Working closely with a social worker or counselor, a home study can take several months. Be patient, knowing that a thorough home study is in the best interests of you and the child you plan to welcome into your family.

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