You will be asked to describe yourself, your experiences with children, and your relationships with family, friends and co-workers. If you are married, you will each be asked separately to share information about your relationship with your spouse and how you resolve conflicts within your relationship. You will be asked to talk about your extended family and the role they play in your life. To provide a description of your lifestyle, and what your values and beliefs are. Lastly, you will provide information about your communication and problem-solving styles.
Home Assessment: Information must be obtained to assure that your home meets basic health and safety standards. Usually as long as your home is safe and inviting for you to live in, it will meet the needs of an adopted child or children. A basic safety audit and a fire inspection will be conducted during your home visit.
Family Income: You will be asked to submit documents that show you have stability in your income. You need to show that your income is able to meet your own basic needs and also the needs of the child.
Documentation of Identity/Status: You will be asked to provide one or more of the following documents for the report: copies of your birth certificates, citizenship documentation, marriage license, divorce decree (if a divorce has occurred for either spouse).
Employment status: You will be asked to provide information about your employment history. If you are employed, verification will be needed.
Health: You will be requested to provide a physician’s statement or forms for your physician to fill out stating that you do not have any debilitating or communicable diseases, which would interfere with your ability care for a child.
Police/Criminal Record check: In order to protect children, the state requires a background check to identify individuals who have hurt children or who have been convicted of certain extremely serious and violent crimes.
References: You will be asked to provide the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least five individuals (one of the references must be a relative) who can speak to your character and your experience with children.