What is a Home Study?
The home study and pre-adoption preparation service consists of approximately six hours of one-on-one office hours where you--the adoptive applicant(s)--meet with the social worker. There is also one meeting at your home that lasts approximately one and a half hours.
What happens during a home study?
During this time the social worker helps you explore your hopes and expectations for adopting a child in order to help you determine which adoption program is the best fit for you.
The social worker helps you with all documentation required for the adoption. Time is spent discussing parenting and adoption as a life-long process.
How many visits does it require?
INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC ADOPTION: Depending on travel time and your schedule, the six hours of office meetings can take place over 2-4 visits as is convenient for you. There is one additional visit that takes place at your home.
STEP PARENT, DUAL PARENT AND RELATIVE ADOPTIONS: the home study process for step, relative and dual parent adoptions is less involved and requires two phone consultations and then one home visit.
What if we feel we need more time?
The plan described above gives the minimal time spent. If you request additional visits to have questions answered or issues addressed, there is no extra charge.
What specifically is included in our fee?
The application fee and home study fee together cover all the visits as well as: preparation of the written notarized home study report; assistance with dossier preparation; services related to coordination with international or interstate agency; assistance and communication with Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) to obtain the orphan visa; communication and coordination with the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families; foster care licensing when applicable; educational materials; free participation in all parenting courses taught by Children and Families First, Inc. staff while a client of CFF; telephone contacts with you and calls made on your behalf; postage; and social worker travel time and expenses for families within a 25-mile radius of the Children and Families First, Inc. office. (For families living outside of a 25-mile radius from the Children and Families First, Inc., office, a travel surcharge will be charged; see the fee Schedule for details.)