The home study process can cause anxiety for persons considering adoption. However, you should be able to confidently move forward once you have an understanding of the basic requirements of a home study. A home study is an independent investigation to verify your suitability as an adoptive parent. Home studies can be completed prior to identification of a prospective adoptive minor and are valid for one year in Florida.
Under Florida law, a home study must include, at a minimum:
Often questions arise as to what might disqualify a prospective parent from receiving a favorable home study. By law, a minor may not be placed in a home in which there resides a person determined by the court to be a sexual predator, a violent career criminal, or a habitual violent felony offender. Additionally, a minor may not be placed in a home in which there resides a person convicted of child abuse, first or second degree murder, or sexual battery that constitutes a capital, life or first degree felony. Any lesser convictions should be disclosed to your home study professional and discussed on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact Tate Healey Webster ([email protected] or 813-258-3355) with your home study related questions or for referrals of authorized home study agencies and qualified professionals in your area. The attorneys at Tate Healey Webster have focused their practice on adoption law for a combined total of over 120 years and have helped complete thousands of adoptions. Click HERE to learn what considerations to take into account when selecting an adoption attorney.
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