To begin the process, an adoptive family will receive an application and information upon contacting our Adoptions Services program. During this step, adoptive families learn the details of the way Alabama conducts the home study process. They will also begin filling out information that our program manager and licensed social worker will need in order to complete the study. This is a good time for the family to gather needed documentation such as medical records, tax records and proof of income that may be reviewed during this process.
After the application has been filed and the documentation has been reviewed, our program manager will conduct in-home visits, interviews and reference checks. The interviews are meant to aid in getting to know adoptive families and understand their motivation to adopt. Our program manager will also assess their parenting style, adoption readiness and general personality. Meanwhile, reference questionnaires are sent to employers, ministers, family and friends to ensure these individuals view those desiring to adopt as strong candidates. During the home inspection for adoption, our program manager will review their living situation to make sure it is safe for a child. Leading up to the in-home study, it’s helpful for an adoptive family to baby-proof their house.
The end result of the home study is a report written that our agency requires in order for adoptive families to become an “active family,” which is the term for families whose profiles are being shown to prospective birth mothers. This report is also required by the State of Alabama and courts to ensure the legality of the placement. Most families are asked to review the report and verify all information as the final step of the home study process.
Our Adoptions Services program is managed from Auburn but we serve families spanning numerous counties in Alabama.
“It just helps to have someone who knows what’s going on, and is on your side throughout the process."