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Adoption Questions: Why do I have to do a homestudy if I am a prospective adoptive parent?

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Hi, Steve Kirsh and Yogi here with the answer to today’s adoption question. The questions is: “Why do I have to do a homestudy if I am a prospective adoptive parent?”

The answer is two fold. Maybe three fold. First, Indiana statutes require that a homestudy be done before a petition for adoption be filed, so there is the statutory requirement. The second requirement is, at Kirsh & Kirsh, we won’t represent you unless you have had a homestudy.

Even before it was required by statute we required that our prospective adoptive parents had a homestudy. We are talking about the well-being of a child. The well-being of a newborn in most cases. Frankly, I am not willing to take a risk that a child is not going to have a good home, a good safe secure, loving home with a bright future. I want to make sure that any family that I represent as the prospective adoptive parent is going to do that.

And the third reason for doing a homestudy is the peace-of-mind that it provides to the expectant mom, the woman who is making the adoption plan. Or, as some expectant moms say, “giving a baby up for adoption,” or “placing a baby for adoption,” or “making an adoption plan for the baby.” Those expectant moms find a great deal of comfort in knowing that someone besides Steve, or Joel, or Grant Kirsh believes these are nice people that will provide a good home for the baby. So those are the reasons why we require a homestudy, a pre-adoptive homestudy for adoptive parents.

Yogi and I are always here to answer other questions as you have them.

Thank you very much

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