The Adoption Home Study


While it does include a visit to your home by a social worker, there’s no reason to be nervous about the adoption home study. This required part of any adoption process also entails deciding which adoption option is right for you and will help you start getting in a parenting mindset.

Author Lisa Emmerich and her husband with their three biological children and newborn son through domestic adoption

“Uncharted Territory”

“Uncharted Territory”

Sometimes, you go somewhere expecting it to be totally different, and it ends up seeming familiar. I had that feeling as I led a group of students on a trip to China—and then again, back home, as we met an expectant mother.

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parents share how they prepared for their adoption home study

Parent-to-Parent: Preparing for the Adoption Home Study Visit

Real parents share how they prepared for the adoption home study visit with a social worker, offering helpful tips and some funny stories.

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Adopting with a Mental Health Disorder

“Motherhood in the Balance”

I sat at the kitchen table, holding the phone receiver as I waited for Nancy, our social worker at the adoption agency, to come on the line. How could I tell her that I had just been diagnosed with bipolar disorder?

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