Home Study

The adoption home study is a detailed written report about your family, which is compiled and prepared by an Idaho Youth Ranch Adoptions specialist.

Every state requires that prospective adoptive parents (no matter how they intend to adopt) to participate in a home study. Through a series of meetings and interviews, the social worker compiles a complete picture of who you are and what life is like in your family.

The home study process is designed to achieve three goals:  to prepare and educate the adoptive family for adoption; to gather detailed information about the adoptive family that will help the social worker best match the family with a child whose needs they can meet; and to evaluate the suitability of the adoptive family.

The prospect of an adoption home study can be nerve-wracking and the source of anxiety for some adoptive families who are afraid they may not be “approved”.  It is helpful to remember that adoption agencies are not seeking perfect parents.  They are looking for real parents that can provide stability for real children. Flexibility and a sense of humor are vital components of raising children, and these same characteristics will be useful when you and your social worker navigate the adoption process.

The home study consists of the following components:  training (content will vary depending on the type of adoption); information on personal family history, current family composition, parenting philosophy, motivation and readiness for adoption; health and income statements; personal references; your neighborhood and community resources; criminal history and child abuse register clearances; and home visits and interviews with family members.  As part of the home study process, adoptive parent applicants will be asked to provide birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees (if applicable) and recent tax returns.

The Idaho Youth Ranch Adoptions staff conducts home studies for all types of adoptions.  Collectively, our staff of experts has nearly 50 years of experience in providing specialized adoption services. Together, they can provide you with education, information and support throughout your adoption journey.