Adoption and the Home Study Process in Virginia
Making the decision to adopt a child into your family is not one come to easily, lightly, or without much investigation. Once the decision to adopt is made many people struggle with how and where to begin, especially if the potential adoptive parents decide to forego enlisting the help of an adoption agency.
One absolutely necessary component of almost all adoptions is the completion of a home study. [There are exceptions where a home study would not be necessary, and the attorneys at Livesay & Myers, P.C. can advise you whether your case meets one of those exceptions.]
A home study is a review of any person wanting to adopt. An accredited organization or business investigates and reviews the potential adoptive parent(s) and anyone else living in the home. The areas of review include, but are not limited to: the current family dynamic, the potential family dynamic after the addition of a new family member, the reason behind wanting to adopt, the educational background of the potential adoptive parent(s), family histories of the potential adoptive parent(s), work histories, the financial well-being of the potential adoptive parent(s), and criminal background checks for all persons living within the home. The home study is regulated by state requirements and generally takes five to nine weeks. Adoptive parents who are eager to move forward should begin the home study as soon as possible.
Upon first learning of the home study requirement, many potential adoptive parents struggle with how or where to begin. Having an attorney who can fully explain the home study process, and one who has existing relationships with agencies who can complete the home study, can make a stressful process much easier.
The adoption lawyers at Livesay & Myers, P.C. regularly meet and foster relationships with the right people and organizations, so that we may provide information and assistance to clients going through the home study and adoption process. We represent clients in Fairfax, Manassas, Woodbridge, Prince William County, Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Alexandria, Arlington, and throughout all of Northern Virginia. If you require assistance with a home study or any other adoption matter, contact us to schedule a consultation today.