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What do I need to know about an adoption home visit?

While adopting a child in Colorado can be an incredibly rewarding experience, the process can be quite lengthy. It will likely consist of many different stages, one of which is the home study. The home study is usually conducted by a social worker and may involve several visits to your home.

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, the length of a home study can vary but will usually average between three and six months. Whether or not there is any cost for the visits to your home will depend. If you are adopting through the foster care system, there may not be any charges associated with the home study. But if you are adopting through a private agency, there may be a fee involved.

When the social worker or adoption agency representative comes to your home, his or her main concern will be ensuring that you can provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child. Some level of cleanliness is advised, but a comfortable home is more important than having an immaculately clean home. In addition to viewing all areas of the house such as the backyard, living areas and bedrooms, the reviewer will likely ask about your daily routines. He or she may also visit with any other children in your household to get an idea of what your family life is like and how they feel about adding another child to the household.

At the end of the study, a report will be issued by the person who conducted the home visit summarizing his or her findings. That report can then be used by potential birth parents to get to know about your family. This is provided as general information on this topic and should not be considered legal advice.

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