The Oklahoma home study for adoption is one of the lengthiest stages of the adoption process, often lasting several months. This is why hopeful adoptive parents are encouraged to start their home study as soon as possible.
Your adoption home study in Oklahoma is done to verify that you’re mentally, financially and emotionally prepared to adopt. The goal of home studies is to ensure that children will be placed into safe and prepared homes.
The Oklahoma home study for adoption includes two components:
The submitting of documents
The in-home visit and family interview
It’s helpful to have all the documents you’ll need for your OK home study gathered up and ready to go so you can avoid any slow-downs. These documents will need to be processed and reviewed by a number of state departments, so it’s a time-consuming process while various entities communicate with one another.
The documents you’ll be asked to submit include:
Your current health and financial records
Your birth certificates, marriage licenses, driver’s licenses, pet vaccination records, etc.
Background checks, FBI fingerprinting, and abuse clearances
At least three written personal references to act as your reference letter for adoption
Individual autobiographical statements outlining your intent to adopt a child
Your in-home visit includes a tour of your home as well as family interviews with your Oklahoma home study adoption professional.
The home tour is done to verify that you have basic health and safety precautions in place to create a safe environment for a child. These precautions include:
Covered electrical outlets
Toxic substances like chemicals, cleaners, and medicines stored out the reach of children
Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Gates on stairways
Fences around pools or ponds
Nobody expects your home to be “perfect.” The home study visits simply give you a chance to consider making any preparations you may not have made yet prior to placement with a child.
During interviews with your home study professional, he or she may talk to you and your family in a potential range of settings; separately, as a couple, as a group, etc. You’ll talk about how you feel about adoption, your parenting philosophies, how you plan on incorporating adoption into your family and more. This helps your home study provider get to know you and better understand where you’re at emotionally in the adoption process.
You’ll also need to update your home study any time you’ve experienced a relatively major change in your life, such as a new job or home. Separate documents within your home study will also need to be updated individually, as they expire at different times based on Oklahoma laws.
Once a child has been placed in your home, you’ll need to complete the post-placement requirements with the guidance of your home study provider prior to your child’s adoption finalization in court several months later.
There are a number of things you’ll need to complete a home study for adoption in Oklahoma in addition to submitting the required documents, making home safety upgrades and completing adoption training courses.
You can learn more about the home study process in OK and request an Oklahoma adoption home study checklist by calling your adoption home study provider. You can also call us at 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more about the home study for adoption in Oklahoma.
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