Matched before home-study approved? ---Need advice!

Judi - posted on 01/27/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hello.
The agency we're working with allows prospective adoptive couples to be "in the pool" of waiting families even before their home study is approved. Is this legal? Should we be concerned?
Thanks!

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Sarah - posted on 02/01/2011

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You may want to check with your state and what the laws are there for legality. But you will not be able to have placement of the child until your homestudy is completed and approved. So if you are picked they will not be able to place the child with you until they have completed and approved you. Also know that if you are no approved then placement does not happen or if they are needing more information before completing the homestudy this can cause placement to be later. I would ask more questions as to how they do it. Do they start showing you after the interview process and your medicals, financial info., refer., and checks come back? So really all that is left to do is to type the report? Or are they showing you at the begining of the interview process and before most of the information is back? If they start showing almost right away I would be concerned as you might be put in a situation where you are unable to accept placement of a child due to the homestudy not being ready and approved. Also as information comes in you never know what the worker may need for additional information to complete the study. If the information has already been collected then most likely the worker will be able to get the homestudy typed in time for placement if need be.

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Chantal - posted on 06/09/2013

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My husband and I are trying to adopt and Ca says that the home study has to be complete before your 6 month court date. Check the laws in your state. You can find them on line.

Kiki - posted on 01/24/2013

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NO, it's doesn't mean ethical, I'm just stating the facts and taking the emotion out of it.

J M - posted on 01/23/2013

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Legal does not mean Ethical To speed things up, does not change the fact "how the process should be, like completing "crucial approval first", followed by step by step.

Adoption is Not like jumping a cue. However as most say here if you are Matched, still cannot go through (("until "approved, then and only then would it become Legal in the true sense)).

Good luck

Kiki - posted on 01/23/2013

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I assume you have done your due diligence in terms of the agency and its reputation. Don't be scared about being in the pool beofre your home study; it helps to speed things up in many cases :)

J M - posted on 01/19/2013

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Thats not the right way, and not professional, you must pass all paper work in first all Police checks need to be checked and so on then be approved correct. Very unusual, as no the way Adoption work no mater where in the world, doing it that way seems to give wrong messages about adoption.

Anne - posted on 05/24/2011

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Sharon, that was how it was for us. Our adoption was incredibly fast! We started the process end of January and became parents overnight in April! Our home study was not finished yet, but all the other stuff had cleared, just like with you. We then had the 3 post placement visits and finalized 8 months after bringing our baby home. It was an adoption through a private agency. The whole process couldn't have been any smoother and easier!

Sharon - posted on 05/20/2011

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We were matched in a private adoption before the last home visit, but all the other things had cleared - fingerprinting, background check, recommendation letters, parenting classes, etc. So, it would probably depend on the specific situation. We had 3 months until the baby was born, so it was completed before birth. But, then there were 3 more post-placement visits before the adoption could be finalized. We used a lawyer for the matching and an agency for the home study. But, the agency told us we could still take the baby home even if the paperwork wasn't complete, since it would be a private adoption. I was reading all the legal information I could find, to make sure all was legit.
Good Luck!

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