An adoption home study can be a source of stress for many hopeful adoptive parents, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Since learning about the process can help you to be prepared and (hopefully) alleviate some of your fears, we’ve compiled an article with everything you need to know about the Connecticut adoption home study.
Essentially, a home study for adoption is an assessment of a family’s readiness to adopt a child. A social worker will work with you to determine whether or not you are ready to pursue adoption based on three main stages: a home inspection, a documentation phase that includes background checks, and interviews with each family member living in the home.
This can sound scary, but don’t worry — your Connecticut adoption home study professional is there to help you on your journey of becoming a parent! His or her goal is simply to ensure that everyone in your family is ready for a new family member, and to help you be physically, mentally and financially prepared to pursue adoption.
The Connecticut adoption home study process should look something like this:
Complete background checks with your local police department and the FBI. If you have questions about whether a felony bars you from adopting, please see “Requirements to Adopt a Child in Connecticut.”
Meet with your home study provider to learn what else you might need to gather for the Connecticut adoption home study.
Prepare all of your necessary materials to provide to your home study professional. (See below for a CT adoption home study checklist.)
Meet with your home study professional for your home inspection and interviews with each family member.
Receive your home study document in the mail and confirm that all information is correct.
And then you’re done! As long as your home study professional finds that everything is in order, you’re ready to start looking for adoption opportunities!
The most time-consuming part of the Connecticut adoption home study is the documentation phase. Gathering everything you need can seem like a daunting task, so to help you prepare, we’ve compiled a checklist of documents you should begin locating:
Driver’s licenses and proof of insurance
Health statements, both physical and mental
Background checks and clearances
Financial information in the form of items like pay stubs, income statements or tax returns. You don’t have to be wealthy to adopt; rather, these documents should simply show that you are capable of providing a child with anything he or she needs.
Autobiographical statements that explain your desire to adopt
The names and contact information of three to five people your home study professional could use as references
For your home inspection, you should make sure the following are up to date:
Locks and screens on all doors and windows
Safeguards around any heating equipment or fireplaces
Fences around pools or hot tubs
A home evacuation plan
A list of emergency phone numbers
A first-aid kit
To learn more about the Connecticut adoption home study and how to prepare for it, please call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time to speak with a licensed social worker.
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