Home Study Services
FRC conducts Domestic and International Home Studies for families enrolled
in our programs, as well as for families engaged in
independent adoptions and those using other placement
agencies. The process is identical for domestic
international adoptions. All international home
studies conform to
USCIS guidelines, and include any and all information
required by the host country.
The Home Study process involves
the following steps:
- Family Resource Center assigns you a home study
worker. This adoption specialist will be your primary
contact at FRC.
- You and the home study worker arrange a convenient
day and time to meet in your home. This face-to-face
interview is usually scheduled during regular business
hours Monday through Friday.
- Your social worker will interview you about your
background, family life, adoption expectations and
parenting philosophy. A brief safety inspection of
your home will also be conducted during this meeting.
Typically this first interview lasts from four to
five hours. Relevant licensing and USCIS procedures
are reviewed as needed.
- In some instances, follow-up visits are scheduled
in order to collect and finalize information.
- Within a month of completing your home study visit(s),
your social worker will prepare a written Home Study
document. This can be expedited if necessary under
- For International Home Studies,
an edited draft is provided to families to review
for factual accuracy and to placing agencies to review
for country specific information. Documents are then
finalized and forwarded
USCIS. FRC also prepares all collateral documents
required by Illinois DCFS and placing agencies.
Information contained in a Home
- Your adoption expectations, including
preferences regarding the number, gender, ages, health
status, and backgrounds of potential adopted children.
- A brief summary of the reasons why you decided to adopt.
- How you plan to address the issue of adoption with your child.
- Your attitudes and experience with child
rearing, which includes your experience with
children and how you plan to raise your adopted child.
- A section that describes various personal
characteristics including your physical description,
physical and mental health, and personality.
- Each parent provides a synopsis of their
upbringing, family relationships, and the
composition of their family of origin.
- If you are married, your courtship and marriage
history will be covered.
- A history of your education and employment will be discussed.
- A description of the physical aspects of
your home and a brief description of your
community and its resources are included.
- Your finances are reviewed only
to verify that you have the means to adopt and provide
for a child. FRC does not use a means test for clients.
FRC provides opportunities for qualified families
to apply for financial assistance for domestic adoptions.
- Criminal and child abuse andneglect background
clearances are obtained from the IDCFS (Illinois
Department of Children and Family Services), the
Illinois state Police and other sources. You will
need to arrange for fingerprints
to be checked and cleared by DCFS.
- The final section of the home study document contains FRC's recommendations for adoption
based on all the above information.
FRC releases Home Studies
to third parties only with your written permission.