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Home Study Requirements for Prospective Parents in Domestic Adoption
Summarizes State laws and policies for approving prospective adoptive homes. This document describes who must be included in the home study, qualifications for adoptive parents, elements of the home study, exceptions for stepparent or relative placements, postplacement assessments of the child's adjustment to the adoptive family, requirements for placements across State lines, and more.
Table of Contents
Who must be included in the home study
Agency or person conducting the study
Qualifications for adoptive parents
Elements of a home study
Grounds for withholding approval
When studies must be completed
Postplacement study requirements
Exceptions for stepparent or relative adoptions
Requirements for interjurisdictional placements
Foster to adopt placements
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Summaries of State laws
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Home study requirements for prospective parents in domestic adoption. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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