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Home Study Providers in North Dakota

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In North Dakota, a Home Study is the first step in the adoption process. Essentially, a home study is performed to ensure that you would be capable and appropriate parents to an adopted child. Requirements of a typical home study in North Dakota are as follows:

Home Visits

It will be necessary to have a North Dakota certified Home Study Provider visit with you in your home to assess and qualify you for adoption. During these visits, they will be looking at the physical state of your home to ensure it is an appropriate environment for children. Having your home perfect is not essential – simple cleanliness and sanitation are most important as is insuring the home meets North Dakota state housing codes, i.e. smoke detectors, safety railings, fences around pools, etc.

Interviews

These typically take place in the home and usually during the home visits. The home study provider will meet with each individual living in the home to assess how well a new child will be received and accepted into the family. The interviews can be lengthy and involved as you will be asked about your background, how you were raised, hobbies, and numerous other questions focused on assessing each individual. Additionally, you will be asked to provide personal references that will be contacted and interviewed as well.

When meeting with your home study provider, some of the discussion will focus on your adoption goals, specifically; the race, age, gender, etc. of the child you are hoping to adopt. If you are open to a child requiring special needs — you and your families abilities to raise a child requiring these needs will be assessed as well. Your final home study will specifically state the characteristics of a child you are qualified to adopt. If you want to change these traits after your home study has been completed, you will be required to update your home study to verify that you are qualified. Dependent on the circumstances, a simple discussion with your home study provider will suffice for the documentation to be updated – other times; the social worker may deem it necessary to include additional steps or visits.

Documentation

North Dakota requires that a criminal background investigation be performed. Know that if you have a past history, it does not necessarily mean that you will be unable to qualify for adoption. Typically, additional documentation and statements can be provided that will suffice any necessary requirements.

North Dakota further requires that each prospective adoptive family provide financial information and background. Your wealth is not important, however; your financial security and ability to be fiscally stable is. Tax returns, financial statements, pay stubs and income verifications are a few of the documents that may be requested during the home study process.

Medical histories, both physical and mental will also be required. Often this will require a current physical and medical statement from the family doctor be provided by both potential adoptees. Existing health conditions do not necessarily prohibit you from adoption but will still need to be noted by your physician with a statement that the condition is treatable under a doctor’s supervision.

Lastly, in 2006 the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act – a federal statute, was signed into law. Also known as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, this law allowed for the creation of a national sex offender registry. Many states are still in the process of integrating compliance with this law. As part of the home study process, you will be required to submit to a sex offender registry search.

Once everything is completed and compiled, the home study provider will assemble the final home study report. Your completed home study will typically be required to initiate any process with an adoption agency.

North Dakota Home Study Providers

Over the years, Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions has built a national database of Home Study Providers. These are individuals that have proven to be professionals in their field. Based on our experience, they provide the most comprehensive and qualified home studies within their state.

This list is provided to you as a service in the interest of positive adoptions. All individuals and entities listed are independent and do not represent Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions in any way. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions does not receive any fee or portion of the home study provider’s fee for making their contact information available to you.


Sue Grundysen

The Village Family Service Center
Fargo, ND
800 627-8220

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