Alpha Adoption Centers uses the SAFE (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) home study format. Agency staff members are happy to answer any questions and to guide you through the process.
The home study itself is a written report, recommending the applicants for adoption, composed by the social worker who has met with the applicants on several occasions (both individually and together, primarily in the applicant's home). If there are other people living in the home, they will also be interviewed by the social worker.
The following information is included in the home study:
- Personal and family background-including: upbringing, siblings, key events, and effects thereof.
- Significant people in the lives of the applicants
- Marriage and family relationships
- Motivation to adopt
- Expectations of the child
- Feelings about infertility (if this is an issue)
- Parenting and integration of the child into the family
- Family environment
- Physical and health history of the applicants
- Education, employment and finances-including insurance coverage and child care plans if needed
- References and criminal background clearances
- Summary of social workers recommendation
You may not know all the answers right away. A home study is supposed to help you think through these issues. The social worker will guide you through the home study process, and will advise and mitigate thoughout the process. Additionally, our AAC support staff will be available 24/7 to keep you updated on your progress and assist in any emergencies.
You will be asked to provide a copy of your birth certificate, your marriage license or certificate and your divorce decree, if applicable.