What to Expect During a Home Study – And Why Many Agencies Require It

Many agencies working with embryo adoptions handle the process much like a traditional adoption, including the requirement that the adopting family participate in a home study. Some couples feel nervous about a home study, but there is really nothing to worry about. The goal of the home study isn’t to try to dig up dirt on you or your partner. The goal is to help you become prepared for adopting a child, gauge your readiness for being a parent, and get to know you both in order to match you to the right family donating their remaining embryos.

The home study is vital to a successful adoption process. While it helps the agency connect the right families together for the adoption, it also helps ensure both the adoptive and donating families are comfortable with the arrangement and are confident that the child will be loved. The home study will take into account things like your religious backgrounds, employment, financial readiness, the childproofing in your home, and your readiness for adoption. It is a thorough report, and can take up to six months to complete.

Don’t let the home study process intimidate you. Every agency understands that there are no perfect parents, and they aren’t looking for perfect homes. They are looking for people who want to love and provide for their adopted child. If you would like to begin the process of adopting an embryo, or would just like to learn more, visit www.embryoadoption.org. You’ll find a list of agencies who can start you on the path to embryo adoption.

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