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Preparing For Home Study

The mere mention of a home study can make some people suddenly quite nervous, though there is really nothing to be afraid of. The home study is needed before the custody of a child can be decided, whether it be to a family wishing to adopt or a child’s biological parent, if they have suffered abuse or been neglected by the other parent. This process is a simple one usually carried out by a qualified social worker in the community. This procedure is necessary to find out more about you and all the members of the family who reside with you; and also to ensure that the child being placed in your future care will be in a loving and safe environment.

The home study is a long process so you must be patient and prepare yourself in the best way that you can. When the social worker comes into your home, they stay there for a few hours – sometimes even longer. This is so a thorough evaluation can be done, not in any way to make you feel uncomfortable, but to satisfy the social worker that the living environment is appropriate for the child being adopted. Any areas that the social worker is concerned will be discussed with you and opportunity will be given for you to make any necessary changes. You may be issued with a copy of detailed report if the social worker has compiled one. That way any concerns raised can be addressed given the appropriate of time necessary to address the issues.

The social worker should contact you in advance usually by phone and make an appointment for the home study, so that you have time to prepare and be ready for their visit. Anything that needs to be done at the last minute like cleaning, can be done before the visit so that the house is in order or as you wish it to be. Many people may do more than cleaning than usual and that is fine. It is understandable just before the home study, but it is also important to remember that the social worker may return, unannounced, so you must be prepared that this can happen unexpectedly. This gives a true test as you should keep your home in good order for those surprise visits. In some cases, many in fact, the initial home study has not been prebooked, so you should always keep your guard.