The speed of the homestudy is set by the prospective adoptive parents. The average time of completion is anywhere from one to six months, but primarily depends on how quickly the adoptive family completes and turns in their homestudy paperwork to TFN. Once all the homestudy paperwork is submitted to TFN, it takes three weeks, on average, for the homestudy report to be constructed, reviewed for accuracy by the adoptive family, reviewed by the placing agency, revisions made, homestudy notarized and mailed out to the adoptive family. The homestudy process is a wonderful time to reflect on your past and discuss future parenting plans!
The main purpose of the homestudy process is to assess adoptive parents as suitable to adopt a child, as well as to prepare and educate them about the adoption process and their future adopted child. The Family Network’s
social workers recognize that no one is perfect and do their best to create an accepting and understanding atmosphere throughout the homestudy process. This is an educational process, usually conducted in the privacy of the family’s home and is designed to assist families in fulfilling their dream of adopting a child, providing of course, that the family can provide a safe and stable home for a child.
The majority of the homestudy process involves collecting documents and completing paperwork about the prospective adoptive parents’ background and current situation, as well as fulfilling educational requirements. The homestudy is a lot of work; however, The Family Network prides themselves on offering support, guidance and expertise throughout the entire homestudy and adoption process.