If you intend to adopt a child in Florida, then you’ll need to complete the home study process in order to be approved to adopt. The purpose of a Florida adoption home study is to ensure that you’re prepared to adopt and raise a child — emotionally, physically and financially.
American Adoptions is a licensed provider of home studies in Florida. For hopeful adoptive parents, this means that instead of working with several adoption professionals, you can complete the entire adoption process from start to finish with American Adoptions.
A typical Florida home study for adoption breaks down into two components:
Visits to your home
It can be helpful to start on this step of the Florida adoption home study process now, because processing the documentation can be the lengthiest stage of the adoption process for parents in Florida. You can begin gathering documents required for the Florida adoption home study, including:
Current health statements by your health professionals to verify you’re mentally and physically healthy enough to adopt and raise a child.
Current financial statements such as paystubs or tax returns to verify that you’re financially stable enough to adopt and raise a child.
At least written 5 references (like a letter of recommendation for adoption from coworkers, supervisors, friends, or whoever you think would best represent your intent to adopt).
Separately written autobiographical statements about your intent to adopt, your relationship, your journey to your adoption decision, your goals for raising an adopted child and more.
State and federal background checks for every household member 12 years old and older to verify that a child would be safe in your home.
Your Florida home study adoption professional will schedule a pre-placement visit to your home. This is not to see whether or not you’re “perfect,” but rather to confirm that your house will be a safe place to raise a child.
The pre-placement visit has two parts:
A home tour
An adoption interview with the family
The adoption home study tour is done to look for basic child safety features in your home, including:
Electrical outlet covers
Secure locks on all doors and windows
Child-proofed drawers or cabinets
Tall furniture bolted to walls
Toxic chemicals, cleaning supplies and medicines stored out of reach
Any weapons locked in a safe
Family emergency plans for medical emergencies, fire, flood, etc.
During the home study tour, your adoption home study professional will point out any safety concerns you might have missed so that they can be fixed before placement. Safety recommendations don’t mean you won’t be approved to adopt in Florida — it’s simply meant to help you prepare for a new child!
The adoption interview allows your adoption home study professional to get to know you better as a couple, individuals and as a family unit. Typically, you’ll talk about your parenting techniques, personal values, interests and hobbies, your childhoods, your relationship, careers and more.
These topics help your FL adoption home study provider learn more about your feelings regarding:
Your relationship with each other and with your family, including your unity in adoption.
Adoption in general, including feelings that adoptees may experience as they grow, birth family relationships, cultural and racial diversity, as well as the processes for adoption in Florida.
Your upbringing and childhoods, and how you do or don’t want your early experiences to impact your parenting.
Talking about how you feel about adoption in your interview as a family will give your Florida adoption home study worker a glimpse of the type of parents you might be for a child via adoption.
When a child is placed with you, your Florida home study for adoption professional will return within one week for post-placement visits that occur at least three times before your adoption finalization. Post-placement visits are done to check in on the child and make sure that everyone is adjusting well.
A Florida home study for adoption will need to be updated annually until you’re placed with a child, or whenever you experience a shift in your life like a move or a new job.
You’ll need a range of documents, detailed in-home safety features, training classes, background checks and more in order to complete your adoption home study in Florida. Your American Adoptions home study professional will be able to walk you through the full adoption home study checklist and the Florida home study for adoption process with you when you call 1-800-ADOPTION now.
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