A home study is also known as a pre-adoptive placement assessment. The purpose of the home study is to ensure that children are placed in homes appropriate for adoption.
Swartz Adoption Agency conducts home studies in the state of Michigan. We have several licensed social workers on staff. You are not required to have your home study completed by our agency in order to adopt through us, nor are you required to adopt through us if you only wish to have a home study completed. If you are adopting through a different agency, we will work with your adoption agency to make sure they receive the appropriate number of signed copies.
Once your adoption has been completed, the courts require that follow-up visits be conducted. A post-placement report will then be completed by your social worker and submitted to the appropriate court. The number of reports that need to be done will depend on whether you adopt domestically or internationally. If you adopt from Russia or Kazakhstan, a total of four reports will need to be done.
Typically, you will meet with the social worker a minimum of three times: once in your home with all family members present and at least twice either at our office or a convenient place of your choosing. You will also be counseled over the phone and via email. You will be required to read various books and handouts regarding adoption and strongly encouraged to join support groups and chat rooms for adoptive parents. If you are adopting internationally, you will be required to take online adoption preparation classes in addition to meeting with our social worker.
Following is a list of documents you will need to provide your social worker:
Child abuse/neglect and criminal history checks will be performed by the social worker (this will be discussed at the first meeting.)
You should provide four non-relative references on your application form. These should be people who have known both members of the couple for several years. Requests will be sent by the Agency to each of the references you provide.