Becoming an adoptive parent is no small task. Like the word 'hero' defines, it takes COURAGE to invite children into your family, home and life and care for them in a way that heals them by providing structure, stability, love and commitment.
Though the Idaho Wednesday’s Child Program does accept inquiries from families who do not yet have a home study completed, no adoption can move forward without a completed home study
In addition, due to confidentiality restrictions, the child’s adoption caseworker generally cannot provide you with further personal information about the child until your home study is complete.
Having a completed home study will help the process of adoption from foster care move forward much more expeditiously and provides the child's permanency team with the information needed to determine whether your family may be the best fit for the child you are interested in.
When assessing inquiries that have come in for a waiting child, preference is routinely given to families that already have completed home studies, so it is important to think about getting one as soon as possible!
We understand that the wait involved in adopting from foster care can be lengthy and frustrating at times. The initial inquiry process can take several weeks before a connection can be made between an inquiring family and the Permanency Team of a Waiting Child. Once that connection is made, it also takes time for the team to get to know more about your family in order to determine whether or not your family is a good fit for the child you are interested in. While much of the wait is an inevitable part of the process, we would love to help you make the best use possible of your time by providing resources about how childhood trauma can affect the social, emotional, medical, behavioral and academic needs of children who come from hard places. This information will give your family a great head start on understanding the needs of the child you hope to adopt.