All adoptions require the use of approved home studies for all domestic and international adoptions. A home study is an assessment and evaluation based on supportive documentation, interviews, and background clearances which assesses a family's ability to parent an adopted child.
This process has three purposes: to educate and prepare the family for adoption, to gather information about the prospective parents and to evaluate the fitness of the adoptive family.
The home study process is frequently a source of anxiety for some prospective parents who may fear they will not be "approved." It may be helpful to remember this study is not looking for perfect parents. Rather, it is looking for real parents to parent real children. With accurate information about the process, prospective parents can face the home study experience with confidence and the excitement that should accompany the prospect of welcoming a child into the family.
The home study process is a way for Patty to learn more about your real family, as a potential home for real children.
Patty L. Rabideau, LCSW
9682 Gardenia Dr
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
The home study should be an interactive and educational experience, not one that is painstaking and long. Patty Rabideau is "your adoption advocate". The goal is to help you, not hinder you.