Connecting hearts through foster/adoption

Caring for those who care for children

Strengthening Families is the definitive resource for foster/adoptive families who are looking for qualified and reliable foster/adoption home study professionals. Our knowledgeable foster/adoption home study affiliates have completed thousands of approved home studies for hopeful foster/adoptive families.


What is a home study?

What is a home study?

The home study (for adoption purposes it is also known as the Pre-adoptive Home Screening) is used in assessing the home for children's safety and available space. All homes must meet standards enumerated in the Minimum Standards and Guidelines for Child-Placing Agencies. The home study is designed to elicit information on a variety of issues including:

  • motivation for wanting to foster or adopt
  • health status;
  • marital and family relationships;

  • opinions about discipline;

  • applicants feelings about their own childhood and parents including any history of abuse and/or neglect

  • opinions about discipline;

  • sensitivity about abused and neglected children;

  • sensitivity towards birth families;

  • sensitivity about different socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural groups in relation to their ability to maintain the ethnic identity of a child from a different background;

  • feelings about maintaining sibling relationships;

  • expectations of children in foster care;

  • family's ability to work with specific kinds of behavior and backgrounds; 

  • documentation on the number, age and sex for whom the home is approved.

Families can be approved to provide care in four general categories:

foster care

foster/adoptive homes,

legal risk homes, and

adoptive homes.