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You Don't Need to Be Perfect: Preparing for a Homestudy

By Diana Stone |

The homestudy. The first part of the adoption process everyone – domestic or international – has to go through.

Everyone has a story about this time – from the insane amounts of paperwork to perhaps how smooth it all went, but one thing is for sure – it’s a huge step that ends up with someone deciding if they think you’re a good fit for the child they may end up placing with you.

Most of this is exactly the same through each agency. You apply, get approved for a country through the agency, sent the paperwork, fill it out, get assigned a social worker, and then face an interview with both of you, a walkthrough of your home, and a write up of what the social worker saw. In between this are doctors visits, reference letters, and perhaps announcing to family about your decision.

The process can take a few weeks to months – and a lot of it depends on how fast you can get the paperwork sent in, how quick your agency works with you, and the country you are working with.

I can only speak for ours and others I’ve spoken to, but here’s some tips and advice for surviving and preparing for what prepares you for the rest of the adoption process.

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Tips for Preparing for an Adoption Homestudy

Read Up.

There are so many amazing books out there about adoption: from choosing an agency to bringing your child home. Read at least one that takes your through some of this process by sharing other parents stories.


Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption in progress on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances.

Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter and Facebook.


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About Diana Stone


Diana Stone

Diana Stone blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Read bio and latest posts → Read Diana's latest posts →

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