How Are Adoptive Parents Screened?
If you are considering whether to place your child for adoption, you may be concerned about whether the adoptive parents will provide your child with a safe and caring environment. You can be assured that prospective adoptive parents are carefully screened, and even educated about the importance of raising the child to know that they are adopted and to respect their birth parents’ decision to choose adoption.
Screening Parents in Washington Adoptions
Washington law has a requirement that everyone seeking to become adoptive parents must have a home study performed that determines their fitness as parents. Washington adoption lawyer Joyce Schwensen can help you understand the demands of the home study, and make sure your questions are answered and your own, personal hopes are addressed in the adoption process. Call the Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen today at (206) 367-1065 to set up a free consultation to discuss your adoption in the Seattle area.
Joyce Schwensen assists birth mothers throughout Washington, including in Tacoma, Vancouver and Spokane. Her office is in Seattle.
The Home Study in Washington
Washington law requires that anyone seeking to become an adoptive parent must go through a very extensive screening process, which is called a “home study.”
The home study is an extensive investigation into the background and personal history of the adoptive family. It involves home inspections, interviews, multiple background checks, financial and medical approvals, and references. The home study must be done by an independent third party, usually an adoption social worker, whose responsibility is to insure that the adoptive parents will be a safe and loving family, and to educate the adoptive parents about the importance of raising the child to understand adoption and to respect their birth parents’ decision to allow the child to be adopted.
In fact, the law in Washington requires the home study social worker to go over several important topics with the adoptive family to make sure that they are prepared to be parents to an adopted child, and to raise the child to understand adoption as a part of their life and of the lives of the child’s birth parents. Those factors include:
- Whether they understand adoption as a lifelong developmental process and commitment;
- Recognizing that the child may have feelings of identity confusion and loss regarding the separation from the birth parents;
- Disclosing to the child the fact that he or she is adopted;
- How best to respond to the child's questions about his or her birth parents and relatives;
- How to help the child by providing connections to the child’s own racial, ethnic and/or cultural heritage; and
- If applicable, the importance of the child's relationship with his or her birth siblings, and the possible benefit to the child of continuing those relationships.
Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen | Washington Adoption Attorney
It's important that you have peace of mind in deciding whether adoption is the best choice for you and your child. By working with an experienced Washington adoption lawyer you can be assured that the adoptive family you choose will be fully screened, well educated about adoption, respectful of your decision, and fully prepared to provide a loving home to your child. Call the Law Offices of Joyce S. Schwensen today at (206) 367-1065 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your adoption.