A homestudy, also called a Pre-Placement Assessment, is a process that results in a formal report that describes your family’s ability (from a legal perspective) to provide a nurturing, caring, safe, and secure environment for a prospective adoptive child. The State of Michigan requires that any prospective adoptive family have a homestudy performed and documented that assures that the family is able and willing to care for an adoptive child. The information that we gather for the homestudy is mandated by law, and includes clearances through the State of Michigan child abuse registry, State of Michigan and FBI criminal conviction registry and assessment of the family’s physical, emotional and financial stability.
The actual homestudy process generally takes several weeks to complete, although the process can be expedited if timing is important. The process includes a series of interviews which culminates in a visit by the social worker to your home.
The current fee for a homestudy is $1,650 plus mileage to your home. Of course, you can also contact us if you’d like to work through CFS to facilitate the entire adoption process.
You may request additional information or schedule an appointment with Audrey by calling (248) 557-8390 ext. 202, (248) 635-8555 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can a homestudy done by CFS be used for adoption through another agency or a lawyer?
Yes. A homestudy completed CFS can be used for any intrastate, interstate or international adoption. CFS coordinates with other agencies and attorneys, including international and Hague-approved facilitators.
Who will actually work with us to put together our homestudy?
Our state-licensed Social Worker, Audrey Brown, LBSW, is our homestudy specialist and is ready to assist you in your adoptive family evaluation. Through Christian Family Services, Audrey Brown has significant experience in preparing evaluations for families adopting domestically and internationally.