Domestic Home Study

Domestic Adoption Process – CSS will prepare a home study and provide post placement supervision for children adopted out of state custody. We highly recommend that you become a licensed foster parent in the state of UT before considering adopting a child out of state custody.

Children in custody of the state are there because they have been abused and/or neglected and have special needs because of their traumatic histories. You need to be well prepared for the unique challenges of parenting a child with a history of trauma.

Utah does not require that you become a licensed foster parent in order to adopt a child out of foster care however; many other states do require you to be licensed before they will consider placing a child in their custody into your home for adoption.

Every state is different so if you are planning to adopt a child in another state, we always recommend you become licensed in order to broaden your possibilities of receiving placement of a child.

Please contact Allison for an application:

  • What is a home study?

    A home study or adoptive evaluation is a state required documentation process that covers your readiness and ability to adopt. A licensed social worker will visit with your family in your home. This is an excellent time for the worker to get to know you and understand your motivation to adopt. Although it may appear overwhelming and possibly invasive at first, you will begin to see that it can actually be an positive experience where you are able to share your family’s strengths. Your home study worker is there to help you bring your child home rather than hinder you in the process. Children’s Service Society conducts domestic and international homestudies for families in the state of Utah.

  • How long will the home study process take?

    Typically a domestic home study takes three to four weeks once you have submitted all required documentation. Most families take about two weeks to gather all the required documents. After you have submitted your home study packet and questionnaire, your worker will schedule a home visit. Following this point it may take a couple weeks for your worker to compile the information into the home study document.

  • What is required of my family in the home study process?
    • Each family member must have seen a doctor in the last six months.
    • Several background clearances will be run on each family member over 18 years of age. All criminal acts, no matter how long ago, must be disclosed to the worker.
    • We request five references and contact them regarding your ability to parent an adopted child.
    • Each able family member will be interviewed regarding the adoption process.
  • What should I expect in the home study interview?

    Talk to your worker at this time or prior about any concerns you may have about issues in your background. If things have happened in your life that may cause you to believe you could be denied for a home study, please disclose them. If possible, your worker will help you resolve these issues either through education or referral for counseling prior to completing the home study. If you have not disclosed significant information that is uncovered after the home study is complete, this will be automatic grounds for denial of the home study.

    Most people often think of the interview as the entire home study, but this is only part of the process. Your worker will likely have significant contact with you prior to coming to your home for the first home visit. The initial interview typically takes two to three hours. Each family member who is old enough will be interviewed and must be present for some part of the interview.

    You will be asked questions from the following general areas:
    • Desire and motivation to adopt
    • Family of origin and youth
    • Interests and hobbies
    • Marital relationship
    • Health
    • Parenting and discipline styles
    • Employment, home, and finance
    • Religion
    • Adoption preparedness

    The worker will also tour your home to ensure it is safe and appropriate for a child. Critical safety features that will be checked are smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor, locking doors and windows, cleanliness, weapons, medications and cleaning supplies kept out of reach of children, and general safety of the home. If there is any area of the home in significant disrepair, you will be asked to correct this prior to approval of your home study.

  • How Do I begin?

    Home Study Application Contact Form

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