Home Study

Home study requirements vary among states. All prospective adoptive parents must have a home study done. The purpose of the home study is to help the adoption agency, attorneys, court, and the state assess the suitability of the adoptive parents and their home to ensure the child's safety. Because we are a licensed child-placing agency, we are required to follow the Minimum Standards and Guidelines for Child-Placing Agencies in Texas.

What is a Home Study?

For you, the home study is an autobiography of your life. Information gathered during the interview includes the family background of both adoptive parents. The home study follows the Minimum Standards and includes the following assessments:

The interview is conducted in your home, with all of the household members that reside in your home presently. A licensed social worker conducts the interview and will work quickly and efficiently to complete the home study. If you live outside of Texas, you must have your Home Study conducted by a person possessing the credentials and the qualifications required by the State of Texas licensing standards. This person is usually affiliated with a Licensed Child Placing Agency or is an independent licensed social worker. Please contact our Agency before you arrange for a home study so we can advise you of our state requirements. The Home Study must not only meet the requirements of your state, but also Texas requirements. Home studies are considered current for one year and must stay current up until placement. If that time expires, a written update consisting of a review must be conducted to verify the status of each category covered in the original Home Study. An update is also needed if there is a significant change such as relocating or a change in family composition. An addendum is need if there is a job change or any additional information needed to meet TX minimum standards.

Adoption Angels can provide Home Study services for our clients residing in Texas, for more information please view our fee policy (pg. 25 of the Adoptive Parent Application Packet).