The adoption process can be time-consuming, but the majority of that time is spent on the Oregon home study for adoption. That’s why adoption professionals recommend beginning your home study as soon as you can.
Your adoption home study in Oregon is done for the safety of children, so your patience is always appreciated, even if the process seems tedious at times. The goal of the home study is to ensure that all prospective adoptive parents are prepared for adoption, emotionally, financially and mentally.
An Oregon home study for adoption has two components:
Submitting your documents
Completing your in-home visits and interview with your home study professional
To prevent bureaucratic slow-downs, it’s helpful to have all your OR home study documents collected and ready to be sent to all the necessary state departments.
These documents include:
Current financial and health records
Personal references that act as your reference letter for adoption
Documents like your driver’s licenses, birth certificates, marriage certificates, pet vaccination records, home deeds, proof of insurance, etc.
FBI fingerprinting, criminal background checks, abuse clearances, etc.
Your home study’s in-home visits will include a home inspection and interviews with your family, led by your Oregon home study adoption professional.
Your home inspection is done to make sure that you’ve taken basic health and safety precautions to provide a safe environment for a child, such as:
Covered electrical outlets
Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Toxic substances like chemicals, cleaners, and medicines stored away from a child’s reach
Fenced-off pools, ponds, etc.
No person and no home is ever going to be “perfect.” That’s not the purpose of a home study visit. Your home study visits are a helpful way to find any preparations you may have forgotten to make before you’re placed with a child.
Your family interviews with your social worker will cover a range of topics, but will include your feelings about adoption, your parenting techniques, how you plan to talk about adoption within your family and more.
You’re also required to update your home study any time you experience a big change, like a new job or a move to a new home. Some of the documents within your home study will need to be updated individually, as they expire at different times according to Oregon laws.
Once you’ve been placed with a child, you’ll need to meet a number of post-placement home study requirements before your child’s adoption can be finalized in court. This includes post-placement in-home visits with your OR adoption home study provider.
In addition to your documents, home safety preparations, and adoption training, there are several more things you’ll need to complete a home study for adoption in Oregon.
To view the full Oregon adoption home study checklist and to learn more about the steps of the home study process in OR, contact your adoption home study provider now.
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