Adoptive Home Study Process
The State of Indiana requires that all prospective adoptive parents successfully complete an adoptive home study prior to adopting.
ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA views the adoptive home study as a time where prospective adoptive parents can learn the dynamics of adoptive families within a supportive environment. ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA’S focus is to educate and support families while compiling needed information for the Courts, USCIS or international adoption agencies. We strive to develop relationships with prospective adoptive parents that are close, supportive, relaxed and genuine in nature so that our families will feel comfortable seeking guidance from us when needed.
An outline of the home study/adoption preparation process is as follows:
Family requests information from our Contact Us page.
Family is sent an ID and password access agency documents on Adoptions of Indiana’s digital portal.
- Staff is available for consultation by phone or in person at any time. We will strive to make contact via email or phone.
- Family reviews and completes necessary documents in order to proceed.
- References are sent.
- Agency Adoption Specialist contacts family to schedule orientation and first interview.
- Clearances are completed.
- Couples’ and Family Interviews and Social History Interviews are completed.
- Follow-up Meeting & Home Visit are completed.
- Schedule your required pre-adoption education seminars and workshops (available multiple times annually. We encourage families to complete the workshops early in the process as the education is very helpful)
This process is usually completed within 6-8 weeks. The home study process may be expedited when necessary for a child’s welfare. Meetings take place at the offices of ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA, the client’s home, or at other agreed upon locations. The adoption professionals at ADOPTIONS OF INDIANA strive to accommodate a variety of family schedules. Evening and weekend appointments are available, though limited.
Upon completion, the formal home study document is prepared. This document is confidential; however, a copy of the document is provided to the adopting family for their review. Other governing bodies, such as Interstate Compact for Placement of Children, USCIS, the Court hearing the adoption, Department of Child Services, or the family’s attorney or placing agency in an international adoption may receive a copy of the document in order to ensure the adoption proceeds as planned.