Become an Active Waiting Family
This step may actually feel like a thousand steps. You will complete an exhaustive amount of paperwork, questionnaires, interviews and a home study.
The agency will work with you to define your preferences, including post adoption communication with the birth parents. They will also make sure that you meet the requirements to become adoptive parents. Although the requirements to adopt vary depending on the agency and state laws, they may include criteria such as: age, medical and emotional health, criminal background, financial stability, state residency, marital status and more. Some agencies may also require that you attend parenting education. (For more information on navigating state laws specific to LGBTQ adoptions, visit our Navigating Adoption Laws page.
What is a Home Study? – A home study is required in every type of adoption and is an in-depth look into your lives to ensure that you are fit to become parents. Led by a social worker or someone licensed to perform the study, a home study determines your eligibility to become adoptive parents. It will include interviews with you and others living in your home as well as a home inspection. A successful home study results in approval for an adoption to move forward.