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home study

A home study is an assessment written by an adoption worker that says whether an individual, or a couple, will be suitable to parent an adopted child. The report has many details about the adoptive parents. For example, their values, beliefs, personalities, experience with children and adoption, education, and work experience. It also says what type of child the worker thinks is suitable for the parents.

The home study has to be current. This means it has to be updated whenever there is an important change. For example, if an adoptive parent changes their job or is diagnosed with a serious disease.

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