The home study is perhaps the most crucial part of the entire adoption process. It is required of all adoptions in the state of Nevada. As it requires a lot of paperwork, adoptive families are encouraged to begin gathering the necessary information as soon as they begin their adoption journey. This is a huge help to the adoption professionals you’ll be working with, and can assist them when connecting you to a prospective birth mother.
Although it seems like a tedious process, home studies are very important and ensure that you are able to meet the needs of a child placed in your home. That said, how do prospective adoptive families go about the home study process? Are there specific state requirements that need to be met?
Nevada State Qualifications
Adoptive parents may be single, married or members of the LGBT community. If married, the state requires couples to adopt together.
Home Studies in Nevada
Adoptive parents must complete a written application, background check, and sign a release of information form to really begin their home study process.
During the home study process, a licensed professional must conduct a fire and safety inspection of the home, and investigate all history records. This includes a review of the prospective adoptive parents’ fingerprints, background check and any present or past criminal history. If any instances of child abuse or neglect are found, this will result in automatic disqualification and termination of the adoption process.
The certified professionals will also take into account any medical history and pre-existing conditions related to mental health and illness.
Agency Home Studies
Adoption Choices of Nevada offers two types of home studies: domestic and designated.
Per Nevada state law, a licensed and social worker employed by a child placing agency will conduct the home study. As aforementioned, they are responsible for gathering documentation, clearing background checks and satisfying state requirements that deem prospective adoptive parents qualified for placement. Everything they do — the observation, interviews, and multiple visits — is required and to ensure the safety of the future adopted child.
The home study process is really a good opportunity for them to get to know you, and vice versa. No family is perfect, and they acknowledge that. They aren’t purposefully trying to find reasons to disqualify you, but simply following state mandates. Studying family life and the behavior of each household member is an essential part of this process. The social workers will let you know if they find any potential issues and help you develop a plan to assess and resolve those prior to placement. If there are any questions or concerns you have about the process, the visits and interviews associated with home studies are a great chance to bring those up.
The length of the home study process varies depending on how long it takes to obtain the necessary information. It typically takes at least several months to complete.
Adoption Choices of Nevada
As always, for any questions, concerns or additional information regarding your personal circumstances, please reach out to your adoption attorney or local agency.
All home studies done through our agency are non-judgmental and fully cooperative. Our team of trained professionals and caseworkers are compassionate and understanding, with many years of experience. Several members of our staff are adoptive parents themselves. Collectively, our goal is to provide all prospective adoptive parents and birth parents with the most educational, positive and enjoyable experience possible.
If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of Nevada. You may visit the website here or contact us by 775-825-4673 (Reno Office) or 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas Office). Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm PST.
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
But, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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