Alpha Adoption Centers uses the SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) home study format. Agency staff members are happy to answer any questions and to guide you through the process. The home study itself is a written report of the findings of the social worker who has met with the applicants on several occasions, both individually and together primarily in the applicant’s home. If there are other people living in the home, they will also be interviewed by the social worker.
On average the home study process takes three months to complete. The following information is included in the home study:
- Personal and family background-including upbringing, siblings, key events, and what was learned from them.
- Significant people in the lives of the applicants
- Marriage and family relationships
- Motivation to adopt
- Expectations of the child
- Feelings about infertility (if this is an issue)
- Parenting and integration of the child into the family
- Family environment
- Physical and health history of the applicants
- Education, employment and finances-including insurance coverage and child care plans if needed
- References and criminal background clearances
- Summary of social workers recommendation
You may not know all the answers right away! A home study is supposed to help you think through these issues. The social worker guiding you through the home study process will offer advice on describing the topics.
You will be asked to provide a copy of your birth certificate, your marriage license or certificate and your divorce decree, if applicable.