Those couples or individuals who want to adopt a foreign born child must go through a home study. The home study, which is conducted by an authorized or licensed home study preparer and not by the USCIS.
Purpose of the Home Study
The home study has two purposes. First, it is done to aid the USCIS in deciding if those who wish to adopt a foreign born child will be appropriate parents. Additionally, the study is undertaken to determine if the prospective adoptive parents are eligible to engage in the process of intercountry adoption.
Home Study Requirements
The following is required of the home study preparer.
- Go to the prospective parents’ home and engage in at least one home visit.
- Engage in at least one interview of prospective parents. This is done in person.
- Interview in person any adult member of the prospective adoptive parents’ household. This must be done at least once.
- Record the number of home visits and interviews.
- Report on any other contact with those they interviewed. Continue reading “The Home Study And Adoption: An Immigration Lawyer’s Perspective” »