The First Step to Adoption is a Home Study
A home study is the first step in the adoption process and is required for both international and domestic adoption. The study is conducted in partnership with an adoption worker to assess your unique family in preparation for your adoption.
The purpose of the home study is to:
- Partner with families to learn about the strengths in your family system
- Understand your unique parenting styles
- Understand your family and community
- Determine how a child will fit in your family system
- Collaborate on how to prepare everyone in your family with the adoption of a child
- Prepare you to parent a child whose experiences and history may be different from your own.
- Provide education, resources and collaboration on the adoption process
Children’s/Carolina Adoption Services is licensed to provide adoption home study services in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Families living in other states who are seeking adoptive placement through Children’s Adoption Services adoption programs are required to work with a licensed agency in their state.
The home study is a central document used by states, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and international entities to understand your family when evaluating the placement of a child. The home study must meet the requirements of the state in which you reside. For international adoption, the home study must also meet the requirements of United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services and the United States Department of State.