The home study is an opportunity for a social worker to get to know you better so that they can determine if you are ready to adopt a child. Typical home study questions fall into a couple of categories: (1) Your personal background and philosophies (2) Your motivations for becoming a parent and any child preferences
The exact home study questions you are asked will differ by state and adoption provider. The following sample adoption home study questions should give you a sense of the types of questions you might be asked.
Describe the family you grew up in.
Was there any drug or alcohol dependency in your family history? If so, how has this affected you?
Describe the discipline and child rearing practices your parents used.
What were you like as a child and a teenager?
What is your present relationship with your parents, siblings, and extended family members?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Who do you consider to be your support network?
Have you ever been seen by a therapist or counselor?
What is your financial situation? Can you live within your means and save for future expenses?
Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a crime? If so, please explain fully.
Do you have any pets? Have your pets ever shown any signs of aggressiveness?
Discuss the strong points in your marriage.
How do you make decisions as a couple?
What are areas of disagreement and how are they usually resolved?
Motivation to adopt
Describe the process that led you to adoption. What is your motivation to adopt?
What is your experience with infertility?
What are your worries and concerns about the adoptive placement and the lifetime commitment of adoption?
What have you done to educate yourself on adoption?
Attitudes toward parenting
If you have children, what has parenthood been like and how has it changed your lifestyle? Describe your relationship with your children.
What do you see as your strengths as a parent?
What are your views on disciplining children? What are your opinions on corporal punishment?
Describe the type and duration of contact that you are willing to have with the child’s birth parent(s).
Who will stay with the baby or child for the first month after arriving in your home?
How much maternity/paternity leave do you have available to you?
What are your plans for child care if both parents return to work?
What age range and gender of children would you be willing to adopt? How about twins or siblings?
Would you consider a child with prenatal drug or alcohol exposure? Would you be open to other disabilities (e.g. congenital heart defect, autism, etc.)
Are you open to parenting a child of another race? If so, what are your experiences with children and adults of other races?
If your child does not physically look like you, how will you handle comments regarding his or her looks from strangers, friends, and family?
Do you have family or friends that are of the same race or culture as the child?
How will your extended family, other children in the home, neighbors, or friends respond to or accept a child of a race or culture different from their own?
What is your understanding of racism? Do you have any experience with racism?