How To Get Ready For An Adoption Home Study

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Getting ready for an adoption home study can be nerve-wracking because the home study is a determination by a third party of how fit you are to be a parent and how well-suited your home is for children. If you don't present yourself well during the home study, there's a chance that you might not be deemed suitable to adopt. Here are some tips for getting ready for the home study.

1. Don't Clean Your House Perfectly

The main mistake that people make when preparing for a home study is cleaning their house perfectly before the representative from the adoption agency comes. If you keep your home perfectly clean at all times and this is normal, then make sure that you explain that during the course of the study, along with the reasoning behind the cleaning, such as the fact that you are able to focus better. Otherwise, clean your house to a point where you would be comfortable with your friends dropping by unexpectedly for a drink. Your house should look like it's been lived in, not that it's a showroom.

You don't want to have your house be immaculately clean, or the representative from the adoption agency might worry that you won't be able to handle the mess that a child inevitably brings.

2. Make Sure the Smoke Alarms Work

Many adoption agencies will check for working smoke alarms. They want to make sure that they are sending the child into an environment that is safe and smoke alarms increase the safety factor. If you happen to forget, it's not a deal breaker for most agencies, but if discovered, it can lead to you feeling flustered. To avoid worrying about it, just make sure that you change the batteries right before the representative comes.

3. Make a Space for the Potential Child

Finally, you will want to make sure that you have an obvious place set up for the child. If you have an extra room, get it ready so that a child could move in to it immediately. You were probably storing extra items in this room, so move them for the visit. Showing that you have a room for the child will show that you definitely have room for the child in your life and that you would be capable parents. If you have a one bedroom apartment and are preparing to move, show the representative where the child should sleep, even if it is a trundle bed, and where he or she can keep his or her toys.

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