A home study is the first step in the adoption process. ABC Adoption Services has been providing services to adoptive families in Virginia since 1993. ABC is fully licensed in the state of Virginia and is also Hague accredited. In 2005, ABC became a subsidiary of Carolina Adoption Services (CAS).
Our Family Support Supervisor, Anna Hull is the contact person for families interested in a VA home study services. ABC has highly experienced, professional home study workers across the state to assist you in negotiating the intricacies of both international and domestic adoptions. We work with families adopting through CAS as well as families working towards placement with agencies around the country. Our goal is to help your dreams of family come true through adoption.
Your Home Study
A home study is designed to help your social worker learn more about your ability to parent and provide a stable home, to teach you about adoption and its affect on children and families, and to prepare you to parent a child whose experiences and history are very different from your own. Everyone who hopes to adopt must have an approved home study. The typical number of meetings with the social worker is 4-6.
Items You May Need for a Virginia Home Study
Specific requirements for home studies vary by placement country and agency. The following items are commonly required during the home study process. The state of Virginia requires background clearances every 90 days until the home study is finalized.
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Home Study Education
Education for prospective adoptive parents is required as part of the home study process. These trainings help prospective parents better understand the needs of children waiting for families and help families decide what type of child or children they could parent most effectively. Training is required prior to the completion of the home study. CAS partners with an organization that offers quality educational courses, available online, specifically designed to meet both state and Hague requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions During Your Home Study
Be expected to answer questions about your background, your education, your job history, your marriage, your leisure activities, your faith and beliefs, and your experiences with children. For instance, the worker may ask:
- What is your family like, and how will you integrate a new child into it? How will your extended family treat an adopted child?
- How is your marriage? How do you make decisions, resolve conflicts, and express your feelings?
- Why do you want to adopt?
- Where is your neighborhood in relation to shopping centers, medical centers, and schools?
- Are you familiar with different types of discipline techniques?
- What was your family like when you were growing up? How were you raised? Are you close to your parents?
The goal of a home study is to help the worker locate the best possible home for each child placed and make good matches between parents and children. If you have questions about the study, ask your social worker or agency.
Adoptions in Virginia:
If you are adopting domestically through a different placing agency or through an attorney we can provide a domestic adoption home study and post-adoption services.
If you are adopting internationally and live in Virginia we can provide full adoption services to your family. CAS is Hague accredited and works with many countries. We can provide home study-only services to you if you are working with another placing agency that is Hague accredited. Our home study team works closely with many placing agencies around the country and with U.S. Immigration.
Post Adoption Services in Virginia:
Post Adoption Services are home visit with your social worker that begin as soon as you arrive home and can continue for years after your child joins your family. If CAS is your home study agency you can often be assigned the same social worker to re-connect with your family for post-adoption.
Services are provided on domestic and international adoptions according to the requirements of the agency, country, or needs of the family. Post-placement reports are done in a family’s home to assure the overall well being of the family and child.
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