Believe it or not, you don’t need to be a Martha Stewart clone to pass an adoption home study in Utah. The idea of a stranger coming into my home to see whether I was “suitable for a kid” terrorized me. Do I own fitting Tupperware? Are the corners of my fireplace equipped with security guards? Is the water in the toilet bowl the best color of aqua? I was a nervous wreck, to say the least.
Simply said, a home study is a process used to review the lives of future adoptive parents. Although home studies are required for both service and non-agency adoptions, the strategy to conducting a home study varies. Adoption agencies have the independence to develop procedures, policies, and their particular program packet within the rules of the state. They generally provide their own particular caseworkers to conduct the home studies. The home study itself is a written report of the findings of a social worker that has met with you and your partner (and all other children in your family) on several occasions, with at least one assembly taking place in your house.
To prepare for the home study procedure, you’ll probably need to supply the following:
1) Written autobiography (of both future parents)
Most agencies provide guidelines or a format to use, but the bottom line is you’ve got to write about YOU. Describe your previous and current relationship with your parents, your siblings, your extended family, how you were raised, how you were disciplined, your education, how your extended family feels about your adoption interests, your future aims, your religious affiliation, your work and hobbies, your support network, your neighborhood or community, your exposure or involvement with kids in the past and present, why you wish to adopt a kid, how you have concluded feelings about infertility, anticipated relationship with the kid’s birth parents, and whatever else you think speaks about you as someone and would-be parent. During a home study visit, you might be asked for additional information regarding the pieces you've written about.
You must have documentation of birth certificates and marriage licenses.
You'll need to supply letters from 4-5 folks who can attest to your ability to love and raise a youngster and understand you. Attempt to pick individuals who have observed you with kids, who have known you for several years, who are in favor of your adoption strategies and understand.
4) Medical advice
A current physical examination.
The home study in Utah is normally finished before a youngster is identified and referred to the adoptive parents. Before the social worker came to run our home study visit our daughter had been in our house for almost 2 weeks. He was familiar with our house and lived in our neighborhood as it turned out. We talked about the amazing donut store across the corner and our recent trip to Argentina. He made polite remarks about the state of our teen’s room also walked through our house, and checked the locks on the gate around our pool. As soon as I admitted to him how nervous I was about the visit, he said “We want to seek out dwellings suitable and loving for kids. Our job would be to assist you to pass, not look for your faults.
So recall those words that are wise, and most importantly, be yourself. There is a child out there ready to come into your house that is loving and suitable. You will pass your adoption in Utah too.
Nathan Peterson, LCSW