I was wondering if you guys could give me a little insight on homestudies. My DH and I are looking into foster to adopt and our next step is sending in the application and going from there. My wonder is my house needs some work the bathroom really needs to be gutted and redone (My DH ripped the walls down to tile so there are cracks in between the tile section and the wall) anyway would all that need to be redone before we could pass a homestudy. Also there are chunks of wall paper missing from my kids pulling it down. Are they looking at that kind of stuff? Just wondering how much i need to put into house fixup before we proceed. Thank you all
I work in adoptions and foster care. The chunks of wall paper missing should not be a problem. If there are just cracks in the tile it would not be a problem. It the bathroom has a structural problem you may need to do the required work. The Department of Human Resources should have a website which lists everything required to be licensed as a foster parent. Also you might want to check with the prospective agency you are planning to be licensed through. It can be a long process and you may be able to do the work while going through the licensing process. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions. Good luck!
I think it may vary a bit from state to state, but they are basically looking at safety concerns. For instance, do you have exposed wiring? Do you have plumbing that doesn't work? Is there a concern about anything structurally in the house where the kids could get hurt? Is there a pool that is not fenced/covered? Is there a gun that is not locked up? Are there smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher in the house? Does the family have a fire escape plan? I think the wallpaper could be an issue if there's peeling lead paint underneath.
They are not really looking at how pretty or up-to-date the house looks, as long as it's safe. I have been trained to do home studies in my state. We have a checklist we have to complete. If you contact an agency, they may be able to provide you with a checklist of what they are going to look for in the home.
Our home study was very in depth, not particularly about the home but more regarding the household (employment, income, medical exams for all family members, proof of vaccination for the pets, background checks, proof of homeowners and car insurance, etc.)However, I believe different agencies ask for different things, so you're better off inquiring with the specific agency.