Home Study-I've heard this term so many times before & had no idea what all it meant, other than sounding intimidating! Here's my best stab at describing what this means. A Home Study is conducted by a licensed Social Worker. Depending on where you're adopting from (Hague Convention Country or Non-Hague) may determine who is eligible to conduct the Home Study. A Home Study is comprised of several meetings with your Social Worker. For us, it was 4-5 meetings but this may vary depending on state, agency or country requirements. Our Social Worker combined 2 meetings into 1. The first part of our Home Study was an introduction to the paper work required by our state, what this process looks like etc. The second part that she added in tonight was an overview of our home and making sure we meet the requirements for a home. The other meetings will be an individual meeting with each of us and then a marital interview. After we finish all of our meetings, our Social Worker will type up our Home Study (details from each of our meetings) and will send it to the Alabama State DHR with other documents (birth, marriage certificates, etc) for us to be approved by the state.
- 3 different sets of laws to consider: US Federal Law, the laws of the child's country of birth, laws of the state where you reside
- I-600A required by the USCIS, it's preferred to submit your Home Study with the application but not required currently
- Began gathering documents and information for the Social Worker (photocopies acceptable): Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificate, Drivers License, Social Security Cards, Health Insurance Card, Paycheck stubs, Life Insurance, , Home Insurance policy, Auto Insurance Policy, Budget, HIV test, TB test, Pet Vaccinations
- Social Worker issued forms: Physical Examination form which also had to be notarized, "CA/N" (Child Abuse/Neglect Clearance form). These were given to the Social Worker
- Criminal History Check and 2 fingerprint cards to be sent to SBCN (Security Biometric Clearing Network) in Virginia