Adoption, the act of becoming the legal parents to a child whose birth parents are unable to fulfill that role, is a beautiful and wonderful thing. The social workers at Heart of Texas Home Studies are passionate about adoption and committed to completing quality reports, including pre and post-placement adoption evaluations, in a timely manner. We understand that an adoption involves many emotions and can be stressful for families, so our desire is to make the completion of the home study as smooth and simple as possible.
Heart of Texas Home Studies can write a home study in Austin and surrounding areas for all types of adoptions including:
- Domestic Adoption
- Agency Adoptions*
- Identified/Private Adoptions
- Step-Parent Adoptions
- Second-Parent Adoptions
- Relative Adoptions
- International Adoptions*
*If working with an agency, please confirm that they will work with a private home study provider.
Heart of Texas Home Studies also provides home study updates, post-placement services and finalization reports for the court. Pre or post adoption counseling is also offered.
Single, Step-Parent or Second-Parent Adoption Home Study in Austin: $650
Traditional two-parent Adoption Home Study in Austin: $800
Post Placement Services: Fees vary based on number of meetings and reports required
A travel fee may apply for families located outside the greater Austin area.
WHAT ARE THE FIRST STEPS?
Before the home visit is scheduled, the following documents are typically requested. Most are required to be verified per Texas Family Code. There is some variance depending on the type of adoption.
- Driver's License
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificates for all family members
- Marriage License (if applicable)
- Divorce Decrees (if applicable)
- 3 Reference Letters
- Budget Sheet
- Letter from employer, Most Recent Tax Return or Pay Stubs
- Short autobiography
Three background checks will also be completed
- DPS State Criminal History Clearance Check
- FBI Background Check
- DFPS Child Abuse Registry Check
Prior to submitting paperwork or payment, please let us know if you have any criminal or CPS history so that we can determine if it would prevent us from being able to approve your home study.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE HOME VISIT?
Our home visit includes individual interviews with all household members, a joint/couple interview (if applicable), and a family interview (if applicable). Per Texas Family Code, our home visit meeting also includes a brief walk through of your home and property. Our home visit meeting typically takes around three hours.
WHAT DO WE TALK ABOUT DURING THE INTERVIEW?
Heart of Texas Home Studies strives to build a positive rapport with our clients, helping adopting families feel comfortable sharing the details of their lives in a supportive, confidential environment.
The following topics are required, per Texas Family Code, to be discussed with adopting parents during the home study interviews:
- Childhood Experiences
- Family Relationships
- Marriage Relationship
- Financial Information
- Health Status of Family Members
- Childrearing Experience or Expectations
- Home environment
- Personal experience with adoption
- Opinions and views of birth parents
- Comfort level with openness (on-going contact with birth parents)
- Comfort level with certain risk factors in the background of the child
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