After you've attended the Adoption Preparation course with the Department of Child, Youth and Family (CYF), completed police checks, medical reports, referee reports, financial situation checks, several social worker interviews and sometimes a psychological assessment, your CYF social worker will write a home study report that reflects the social worker's findings gathered during your interviews and from other reports.
The homestudy may vary a little for specific countries (eg homestudies for Indian adoption) and individuals, but in general it will cover the following topics.
Personal details and Family background
Previous Experience with Children
Accommodation and Neighborhood
Religion and values
Reasons for adoption
Education and Preparation for Adoption
Attitudes to Adoption
Child Rearing Plans
Approval/recommendation- includes the age range and number of children for which the applicant is recommended.
NOTE - ICANZ does not provide an assessment and homestudy service. More detail on this process must be obtained from your homestudy provider: CYF.
You'll find a lot more information about how CYF assesses adoptive applicants, on their Practice Center pages of the website. Here you'll find detailed descriptions of the process the social worker will use to assess you.
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