Home Studies

All adoptions require a check of the hopeful adoptive family to make certain the home is safe. This process is called a home study. Our home studies are non-invasive, educational, and accepted throughout the United States. Prospective adoptive parents must secure your home study from a licensed child placement agency in the state in which they reside. The first type of homestudy has lots of education and support for the adoptive parents. It is required for families signing on with our GOLD or BLUE PROGRAM. The second type of homestudy is called a Home Study Only or HSO. Read further below for this second, less intensive type. The ASC Gold and ASC Blue home studies are the foundation of both programs. Because we stress the relationships involved in adoption, this is an educational process that allows the family to get to know ASC and for ASC to know the family. 

The home study process is as follows for ASC GOLD AND ASC BLUE. This is an educational process that allows the family to get to know ASC and for ASC to know the family. This helps us to really know how to support and guide you along the journey.

Preparation: We will send you our registration packet. This is a lot of paperwork, and it can be overwhelming. Keep in mind that all of this is either required by the State of Indiana or will be used to help you through the adoption process. To give you an idea, some of the paperwork is getting back ground checks, securing referral letters and physicals. There will also be questions to answer about your family and lifestyle.

The Home Study Class: Packed with information regarding the latest trends in adoption, this class is typically held on the second Friday of the month. It lasts from 9:00 to 3:00 at ASC. Families have the opportunity to hear from a successful adoptive family and a birth mother that has recently placed her baby for adoption through ASC. You also have the opportunity to be with your peers and have an open platform to address your questions and fears.

The In-Home Visit: This in-home visit is scheduled in advance and lasts approximately two hours. Typically, the visit will be done by one of our master’s level social workers. Both adoptive parents must be present, as well as any children over the age of 10. This is a great opportunity to tell the story of what brings you to adoption and your dreams for a child. There will be a tour of your home for the safety inspection. This report and the all of the supporting documents are what ASC will be sending to the court to finalize your adoption. This home visit is a good place to sort out your questions and concerns, in terms of race of child, openness of adoption and any other decision you may be still in the process of making.

The Office Interview: This is the last meeting before you are officially active. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to speak privately about your fears, concerns, apprehensions and excitement before being presented to expectant moms. You will be supported and given some advice on how best to present yourselves. You will do your final adjustments to your marketing materials at this meeting. It lasts approximately 1-2 hours.

On Going Curriculum and Education: Monthly topics for discussion are provided to families to help further their understanding of the life long journey of adoption. In addition to being helpful information, it’s an opportunity for families to stay connected to ASC staff. These are done electronically and by phone, no visits take place.

Post Placement Class: This is an open forum that provides you the opportunity to take a deep breath and soak in the reality that you are now parents. Bring your baby and share your story. Learn how to incorporate your child’s birth family into your lives and be confident adoptive parents. You will be given tools to not just be good parents, but good adoptive parents. You do not have to have contact with your child’s birth family to benefit from this class. This is a class that meets monthly and you can come as many times as you need. The class last approximately 2 hours and is held on a Friday afternoon at ASC.

Post-Placement Visit: Before your adoption can be finalized in court, one of the Center’s social workers will visit with you in your home to make certain the baby is doing well and that you are adjusting appropriately. This visit happens after you have been home with your baby for approximately two months. Both parents and the baby are a part of this visit. Bragging is encouraged!


Home Study Only – This type of homestudy is for the family that is adopting with the help of a private- attorney or an adoption agency of their choice. A Home Study Only is perfect for a kinship situation or if you have an identified child that you are hoping to adopt. There are less meetings for the HSO and the report can be done much more quickly. There are no support services, it is only a report to send to the court stating you have been approved to adopt by a licensed child placing agency in Indiana. If you need a rush report, we can accommodate that as well, for a fee. After your placement, you may want to offer your birth mother some support services. If you are interested in adding on some post placement services, see our post placement page for options. http://www.adoptionsupportcenter.com/post-placement/

Preparation: We will send you our registration packet. This is a lot of paperwork, and it can be overwhelming. Keep in mind that all of this is either required by the State of Indiana or helps us get to know your family so we are comfortable reporting the court on your behalf. To give you an idea, some of the paperwork is getting back ground checks, securing referral letters and physicals. You will also have to answer questions about your family and lifestyle.

The In-Home Visit: This in-home visit is scheduled in advance and lasts approximately two hours. Typically, the visit will be done by one of our master’s level social workers. Both adoptive parents must be present, as well as any children over the age of 10. This is a great opportunity to tell the story of what brings you to adoption and your dreams for a child. There will be a tour of your home for the safety inspection. This report and the supporting documents are what are sent to the court for your adoption finalization. This is a good place to sort out what your questions and concerns are in terms of race of child, openness of adoption and any other decision you may be still in process of.

Post-Placement Visit: Before your adoption can be finalized in court, one of the Center’s social workers will visit with you with your adopted child, in your home to make certain the baby is doing well and that you are adjusting appropriately. This visit happens after you have been home with your baby for approximately two months. Both parents and the baby are a part of this visit. Bragging is encouraged!

Step Parent Adoption: Another form of adoption is becoming increasingly popular and done often at ASC. Step Parent Adoption. If you are interested in adopting your step-child, contact ASC today for your background checks to be started.

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