During this 2-4 month process, you will explore issues related to being an adoptive family, in-depth, with your social worker. Open discussion about your strengths, goals and concerns as potential adoptive parents will lend greater insight into the profile of child you are best equipped to parent.
Throughout the homestudy, you will gather paperwork required by your state of residence, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the country from where you intend to adopt, including references, personal statements and many legal documents. These resources help your social worker draft an adoption study or home study report– an official recommendation from Holt International for you to adopt from your chosen country.
At this stage, you also begin a series of adoptive parent courses. Informed by more than 50 years of working with adoptive families, the Holt curriculum prepares parents to handle complex issues, such as bonding and attachment, becoming an inter-racial family and coping with multiple losses. Adoptive parent training, now required by the Hague Convention, has long been a significant part of the Holt adoption process.