Psychologist report

Anita Vink Pohutukawa
As part of an application to adopt, many countries require a psychological report, written by registered clinical psychologist, as well as a separate Home Study Report written by an authorised social worker.

The purpose of the psychological assessment is to comment on personality, cognitive functioning, ability to cope with the stress of adoption and parenting, ability to form lasting relationships, to be flexible, to cope with change and stress, and psychological health and wellbeing. A Home Study Report is also carried out by a social worker; the psychologist report should not attempt to repeat the purpose of the Home Study Report.

Some countries have very specific guidelines, others are more flexible.

Philippines - If you're registered or pre-registered with ICANZ you can access the guidelines for the psychologist's report for Thai adoption from the members section or can contact ICANZ to request this. Specific tests must be carried out for the psychologist's report.

Thailand - If you're registered or pre-registered with ICANZ you can access the guidelines for the psychologist's report for Thai adoption from the members section or can contact ICANZ to request this.

Lithuania - no psychologist's report is required.

India - no psychologist's report is required.