3 Reasons to NOT Do Your Adoption Home Study First
If you have gotten serious about the adoption process, you probably already know about the home study. This crucial process can take months to complete and involves detailed gathering of information about you, your family, and your home life. A home study conducted through a private adoption agency can be a very costly procedure, although there are some options for reimbursement. It is a common misconception that the first step for adoption seekers is to complete a home study. Let me explain why your home study should not be your first move and what you should do first instead.
Agencies tailor your home study to the type of adoption you want to pursue.
There may be different types of home studies depending on the kind of adoption you end up choosing. For instance, your home study for a new baby in-state may look vastly different than a home study for a child in foster care in another state. Decide ahead of time what type of adoption you want because the agency will tailor your home study to that type of adoption. You could end up having to redo your home study, which can be a very expensive do-over—and you may not be able to get that money back!
You could spend money at an agency that isn’t working for you.
Private agencies can make their own rules regarding adoption, so long as they also adhere to the rules of the state they are in. You may start out with one private agency but move to another agency if the first one is not working out for you and your family. The new agency may choose not to accept the home study you did with the first agency, and you could end up losing the substantial money you paid to the first agency for a home study.
Not all agencies work well together.
This is especially true when it comes to inter-state agencies. You may live in one state and be looking to adopt from another state. You can save yourself a lot of money and heartache by calling the state you are looking to adopt from and asking them for their preferred agencies to complete your home study. Some states have particular requirements when it comes to who can do your home study. You may need to go through an agency in your home state, or you may need to use an agency based in the state of the child you are hoping to adopt.
Be home study savvy.
The home study is indeed a vital part of the adoption process. It can often feel invasive and very personal or seem like it is taking forever. Having to do it all over again because the first one was not accepted is frustrating and also potentially very expensive. You can get through this essential step more confidently if you make a few important decisions first. Once you know what kind of adoption you want and where you will adopt from, you can focus on gathering the information you need to breeze through your home study and move on to the next step.
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