1. Make a list of what you will need for your home study:
This can include items such as a copy of your birth certificate, social security card, and photo ID; your marriage license or proof of domestic partnership; contact information for your references; and letters of recommendation.
2. Get organized:
Make sure you have a place to keep all of your paperwork organized and easily accessible.
3. Gather your paperwork:
This includes all of the documents mentioned in point 1 as well as financial documents such as bank statements, W-2s, and tax returns.
4. Schedule your home study:
Contact a home study agency in your area and schedule an appointment.
5. Complete your home study:
During the home study, you will be interviewed by a social worker and asked to provide documentation on every aspect of your life.
6. Have your home study approved by the state:
Once the social worker has completed their report, it will be sent to the state for approval.
7. Finalize placement of a child in your home:
If everything is approved, you may be able to finalize the placement of a child in your home.