Once the home study payment is received, we will complete the appropriate assessment. The fee agreement is not based on the outcome of the report or on the conclusion of the adoption. Once the study begins, fees are not refundable.
Can I have my doctor fill out the medical form for my physical from last year?
No, a summary of the medical report for each member of the adoptive family living in the household, within 6 months of the study is required. Again, this verifies that each person has no communicable disease, specific illness, or disabilities that would interfere with the family’s ability to parent a child.
I have a medical condition. Will this prohibit me from getting a home study?
Medical conditions are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Most medical conditions are not prohibitive for adoptive families as long as you are under a physician's care. A current physician's health form is a required supporting document. This informs us of any medical conditions that you may have and asks your Doctor if you have any medical or psychiatric problems that could affect your ability to be an adoptive parent. A physician's health form also asks the doctor if, based on his or her knowledge, you have a normal life expectancy.
Does a home study expire?
Yes, a home study can expire. Every state determines how long a home study is good for. Regardless of your state's policy on home study updates, your placement agency may have additional requirements. For example, most require home studies be current within one calendar year, meaning that a home study is good for 12 months and then will require an update.
In addition to an annual update to your written home study, there are a few supporting documents that require yearly renewal prior to their date of expiration. Your background clearances (child abuse, FBI and criminal clearances), physician health reports, tax return, and five updated references must be updated annually. Additionally, an update requires a home visit with individual interviews.
What are reasons that we would need to update our home study prior to its expiration?
A home study update is required in the event of major life changes, such as a change in your employment, a move to a new home, a change in household members, etc. If you are unsure if your home study should be updated, contact us.
WHAT IS AN ADOPTION HOME STUDY?
The home study is a document describing in detail who you are, where you come from, and why you want to adopt. The home study is composed of many items. For example, interviews with the applicants, questionnaires, background checks, reference letters, and many more. The home study is an overview of your life and your home.
HOW LONG WILL A HOME STUDY TAKE?
The home study process consists of waiting for documents to come back. Usually we wait for background checks. It can take a few weeks to a few months depending on how quick the adoptive couple works to get their documents in.
how will our children in the family be involved in the home study?
The social worker will interview the children and ask them questions regarding how they feel about the adoption, what their interests are, how they do in school, and how they are disciplined.
When should we start our home study?
The home study is the first step in the adoption process. If you are ready to begin the adoption process you should begin the home study as soon as possible.
What are post placement reports/visits?
Post placement visits are visits made by the social worker after a child has been placed in the home. These visits are made to determine how you and your child are adjusting. You need to check with your adoption agency on their requirements. Bridgestone Home Study can complete these visits much cheaper than your adoption agency.
Understanding Adoption Tax Credits
What is the adoption tax credit?The Adoption Tax Credit is offered to adoptive parents to offset the expenses of adopting children. Section 36C of the United States Internal Revenue Code offers a credit for “qualified adoption expenses” paid or incurred by taxpayers in the USA. According to the IRS, “Tax benefits for adoption include both a tax credit for qualified adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child and an exclusion for employer-provided adoption assistance. For tax years 1997 through 2009, the credit was nonrefundable. For 2010 and 2011, the credit was refundable. For tax year 2012, the credit has reverted to being non-refundable