Preparing for Adoption – The Home Study

Adopting Intentionally – Day 15

For 31 Days I will blog about Adopting Intentionally, you can find an overview and links to daily posts here.


Having a home study sounded a bit daunting to us.  We lived in a condo at the time.

What would we be judged by square-footage, cleanliness, our hospitality?

The answer: none of the above. 

We have had a number of home studies, and we have been judged on one thing (see below), the rest of the time has been purely a positive part of the process.

The home study is not a set of hoops for a couple to jump through.  Instead it provides another opportunity for contact between the couple and the agency. 

It does provide insight to the social worker as to what might be a good fit for you and the child, but it is not about judging as much as it is about educating and learning.

The social worker will continue to educate you about what to expect as you walk through the adoption process and then she will purposefully learn more about you and your lifestyle by being in your home.

And what one thing was consistently evaluated?  We have found the one requirement in our home studies has been detectors.  Our fire and carbon dioxide detectors have been checked. 

Put batteries in those detectors and relax.

Intentionally think about how you would like your time with the social worker to go and prepare for that.

I recommend you do a quick pick-up, and perhaps prepare a snack.  Enjoy your homestudy.


6 thoughts on “Preparing for Adoption – The Home Study

  1. I can’t tell you how helpful and encouraging I have found this series! My husband and I are hoping to start the adoption process in the next couple of years, and it seems overwhelming how much we have to do… Thanks for making things seem a little more manageable!


  2. Before our home study (that took place a couple of weeks ago) I would have felt like this post was just too simple – I needed answers! Like, what kind of ruler they’re going to use to measure each bedroom…and if they use a white glove under our beds or just a flashlight… But seriously – your article is spot on. Obviously. 🙂 Our social worker made us feel at home in our own home and we enjoyed every minute of it! I wish we could have spent days with her picking her brain – from the get-go we knew she was part of our team, not analyzing us trying to prove we’re not worthy of this process. We were so nervous but it was all for not. What we gained from our home study was priceless – and we’re all the more excited for this journey (to adopt from Burundi, Africa) than we were before! Thanks for your post, like I said before, it is *exactly* right!


    • Karey, I agree, the post sounds too simple, but it is truthful. The home study is part of a beautiful process. I am excited to read that you are in the midst of the process, may it be a really joyous one.


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