Home Study Interviews
The home study interview causes a lot of anxiety for adoptive families, and reasonably so. It can be unnerving to be put under the spotlight and have to answer question after question about your life and relationship. While these nerves likely won’t go away until the interview is over, you can help calm them by preparing yourself and learning more about the interview process.
After being assigned a social worker for you home study, he or she will schedule your first home visit, during which they will conduct a series of interviews with all members of your family. He or she will conduct both individual and group interviews with your family in order to assess your home life. It is important that all members of your household be present during the interview.
During the interview your social worker will talk to you about your:
- Family relations
- Daily life
- Feelings about adoption
- Parenting styles
- Plans for the adopted child
While this may sound very much like an interrogation, our social workers strive to make the interview as relaxed as possible so you and your family can feel as comfortable as possible. The intent of this interview is not for you to feel critiqued, but for our social workers to get to know you and your family. Just relax and be yourselves!