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Your Adoption Background Check Process

A critical step that all hopeful adoptive families will take in the adoption process is undergoing a background check. Similar to screening birth parents, this procedure is to ensure a safe adoption and environment for your future child.

To get more free information about the adoption background check, call 1-800-ADOPTION or fill out our online contact form today.

What Checks Are Done for Adoption?

In the early stages of your adoption journey, your agency will screen and evaluate you. This includes aspects like your:

  • Home environment

  • Relationship with your significant other

  • Relationship with your family

  • Criminal history (if applicable)

  • Medical records

A critical part of an adoption background check is the in-home visit from your adoption social worker. This is known as the home study.

The Adoption Home Study

A home study is one of the most in-depth components of the adoption background check process. It includes a report on the physical conditions of the home, which ensures its safety for a child.

The social worker also interviews and questions the hopeful adoptive family and other household members to make sure they’re fit to raise a child. A home study requires you to:

  • Have a licensed social worker visit your home

  • Consent to background checks

  • Agree to the interviews conducted with each family member

  • Undergo a psychological evaluation

  • And more

You'll also need to gather some essential documents. These include:

  • Birth certificates

  • Proof of income and employment

  • Proof of insurance

  • Medical records

  • And more

Also, your social worker will examine other child-proofed aspects of the home, such as:

  • Properly locked windows and doors

  • Covered electrical outlets

  • Functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Gated stairs and secure rails

  • And more

This is just a brief look at some of the features of the home study background check for adoption. Generally speaking, your home must be safe for a child to live in, but the conditions do not have to be "white-glove" perfect. So, don’t stress about making your living space spot-free. It should look like someone’s living there, after all!

Adoptive Family Profiles

Once you’ve gone through the screening process, we'll help you create an adoption profile.

The adoption profile is what we'll show to prospective birth parents. We have many programs and services to help hopeful adoptive families with this step.

One of our more unique services includes adoptive family video profiles. These video profiles allow prospective birth parents to get a visual glimpse into their lives and see the environment their child could live in. The video profiles include interviews with you, close friends, or family members to give more insight into your lifestyle.

Many birth parents who have been a part of our community find that video profiles are highly useful when they’re choosing a hopeful adoptive family. 

Passing the Adoption Background Check

By the time an expectant mother reviews families looking to adopt, they will know that you have gone through the necessary adoption background checks.

Although there are many levels to an adoption background check, commitment to the adoption process will go a long way.

Working with an experienced, licensed adoption agency like ours can make this process as smooth as possible.

For over 30 years, American Adoptions has helped create hundreds of families and continues to work with adoptive families, birth parents, and children.

Talk to an Adoption Specialist Today

At American Adoptions, our specialists have decades of experience working with families from all across the country. Some have even been in your shoes, going through the adoption process themselves as hopeful parents, birth mothers or adoptees. They can give you specific guidance about your state’s home study and adoption background check. 

If you have more questions about the background check for adoption, then we are here to answer them for you. You can get more free information now when you fill out our online contact form or call 1-800-ADOPTION today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions does not allow gender specificity in adoption. Any family who wishes to be gender-specific in their adoption should contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION and ask about the possibility of an exception waiver before taking any other steps toward adoption with our agency. Any families who do receive an exception to be gender-specific may also incur an additional fee, which helps cover the additional advertising costs of such a request.

Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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