Home Study Report Outline │ Supporting Documents│

 

The Home Study Report (HSR) of the family applying for inter-country adoption    is the basis for the selection and eventual matching of a child/ren. The standards below should guide the Central Authority/Foreign Adoption Agency  / Government Adoption Agency in the preparation of the Home Study Report.

  • Application/Agency/Contact: To include the date and place of all contacts, number, duration and nature of contacts between the adoption agency social worker and the applicant.
  • Identifying Information: This covers the name, age of the couple, date of marriage, their children and the family’s home address.
  • Applicant’s Background Information: It should include childhood experiences of the couple and how they were reared by their family and the significant others in their lives.  It should also include information on the discipline pattern of the family including sensitive areas as history of child abuse, alcohol and substance abuse, and their corresponding sanctioning penalties, obsessive gambling and coping mechanisms in handling stress/crises and conflicts. It should also take into account applicant’s physical description and personal traits, information about their parents and siblings and nature of relationships (past and present).
  • Health History: Both spouses should indicate any serious illness – physical disabilities or mental illness.  A medical report on the family’s health status and health history should be discussed.
  • Educational History:  Information on the educational background of the couple.
  • Employment History/Financial Resources: The employment history of the couple should indicate reason/s why they moved or changed work.  It should also indicate their present source/s of income, sufficient enough to meet the requirements of the family’s lifestyle. They should also be protected from eventualities through insurance policies at an acceptable level of net worth.
  • Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Moral Beliefs, Affiliation, Attitudes and Practices of the PAPs
  • Marital and Family Functioning: The couple should be legally married for a minimum of one (1) year. Describe the nature and extent of marital relationship, the current family relationships particularly husband-wife, parent-child, sibling and their extended family.
  • Divorce History: If any one of the spouse has a history of divorce, the circumstances surrounding it must be discussed.
  • Biological/Adopted Children: Description of the children (both living and not living with the PAPs) their significant traits and characteristics, their role in the home, their preparation for the coming of another child/ren and their feelings and attitudes towards adoption. Also include previous history of disruption, if any.
  • Parenting Experience with Children: The couple’s experience in taking care of a child/ren either on temporary or prolonged basis should be indicated.  Their past experiences in parenting and or knowledge in child caring as well as their expressed disposition and attitude towards discipline patterns should be included.
  • Other persons in the home: Information on other people living in their house should be stated in the Home Study Report.  Also to include his/her/their feelings and attitudes towards the adoption plan of the PAPs.
  • Description of the Home and Community: The report should describe the family’s home, child accommodation, family’s membership and participation in community organization/s, community projects and activities. Community resources and facilities should be included in the report. Indicators should be given on the degree of racial tolerance and how this may affect the adjustment of the child/ren in the community.
  • Preparation for Adoption and Child Care Plans: The report should contain the specific plans of action on how the family will cope with the new demands of parenting upon the arrival of the adoptive child/ren. The attitude of the extended  family and friends should be indicated, future plans, if any for the child .
  • Guardianship Plans: It should indicate the names of identified guardians of the adoptive child in case of death or parental incapacity. Also to include the age, occupation, relationship to the PAPs and names/ages of children of the identified guardians.
  • Motivation: This should address reason/s for wanting to adopt through the Philippine inter-country adoption program; who, when and how the decision was arrived at. Also to include attitude and resolution of feelings towards infertility or childlessness, if applicable.
  • Appreciation and knowledge of Philippine Culture: Knowledge and/or experience of Philippine culture, attitude and plans towards maintaining child’s cultural heritage.
  • Child Preference: Should be in terms of age, sex, characteristics and the extent of physical, medical and/or mental capacity of the child acceptable to the couple and the reason/s for such preference.
  • Post Adoption Issues: The willingness of the couple for an open communication with the biological parents of the child prior to and after the finalization of adoption and their opinion on the issue of adoption search and a motherland tour for the child at the appropriate time should be discussed.
  • Recommendation:  Based on an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the family, indicate the type of the child, age, sex, number of children with special needs who would benefit by being placed in this family.

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS

Home Study Report

  • Undertaking of the couple under oath
  • Information and Personal Data Application
  • Birth Certificate of the couple (if adopting a relative, Birth certificate of their common ancestry delineating relationship up to the 4th degree of consanguinity or affinity)
  • Marriage Contract
  • Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  • Physical and Medical Evaluation Report
  • Psychological Evaluation Report (by a duly licensed psychologist or psychiatrist)
  • Written Consent to Adoption by the biological and/or adopted children who are 10 years old and above witnessed by the social worker after proper counseling, in the form of a sworn statement.
  • Character Reference from the following who have all known the applicants for at least 5 years
  • a) Church Minister or Priest                b) Employer           c) Member of the community
  • Latest Income tax Return or any other documents showing financial capability of the applicants
  • Clearance issued by the police or the proper government agency of the place where the applicants reside.
  • Certification from the Justice Department or other appropriate government agency of the applicant’s country that the applicant is qualified to adopt under their national law and that the child to be adopted is allowed to enter the country for trial custody and to reside there permanently once adopted.
  • Letter of Acceptance of the Designated Guardian/s
  • Recent post card size pictures of the applicant, his immediate family and their home/community.
  • Special Needs Checklist
  •       Self-report Questionnaire (optional)