What is a home study?
The term "home study" means two things:
The written home study is comprised of information gathered from autobiographies the applicants are asked to write, as well as from interviews with the applicants conducted by a licensed adoption case worker. At least one of the interviews takes place in the applicants’ home.
Topics covered range from childhood experiences and marital stability to parenting philosophy. The written portion also reflects the results of three different background checks, medical reports, and personal reference letters. Upon completion of the written home study and acceptance as adoptive candidates, the prospective parent(s) are placed among our pool of candidates waiting for an adoptive placement.
This document is a tool that is used to assess applicants to be an adoptive parent(s) and depending on the type of adoption may be reviewed by another agency, country, and the presiding court.
The home study process begins with the first orientation visit at the agency and, in most cases, follows all the way through finalization. It involves the written document but also entails educating applicants about unique adoption issues, parenting styles and skills, the birth parent perspective, and identifying sources of support.
Applicants also learn about being a part of the adoption triad (adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees) and the different perspectives of each triad member. This education occurs through formal classes, as well as throughout the adoption process with an experienced and knowledgeable adoption case worker.
Private Home Studies
Private home studies are available for couples or individuals who are choosing to adopt through another source. The home study is written according to the same guidelines and standards as our other home studies, but The Maine Children’s Home does not provide any other services related to the adoption process (unless contracted to do otherwise). For more information on private home studies, email or call us at 207-873-6350.
For more information on the home study or other facets of the adoption process, fill out our inquiry form or call us at (207) 873-6350.