Requiring a home study as part of the embryo adoption process follows the best practices of adoption. Regardless of whether government entities recognize or regulate the adoption of embryos, the end result is that a child will be placed with parents to whom he or she is not genetically related. The home study involves several elements, including assessment, education, and preparation. It also provides peace of mind to the placing parents involved.
When adopting embryos, whether through an adoption agency or another entity, a home study is often required. In addition to a domestic home study, Nightlight Christian Adoptions offers another option, the Snowflakes Family Evaluation (SFE). Here are some things to consider when comparing the home study and SFE:
- Cost: Managing expenses is an important consideration for adoptive families. The cost of home studies varies greatly and is often influenced by the cost of living in the region where you live, as well as the supply/demand factor. You may be able to find an agency who will complete a home study for $1,200, while others charge $3,000 or more plus travel expenses. Many agencies also charge a separate application fee. The fee for an SFE is $1,500 plus travel expenses. There is no application fee.
- Availability: The SFE is offered to all families, regardless of what state or country they live in. Traditional domestic home studies must be performed by an adoption agency that is licensed in your state of residence.
- Modification: Some adoption agencies will permit a home study to be amended for the purpose of a domestic or international adoption if, for example, you begin the embryo adoption process and later decide to switch to a different adoption program. The SFE cannot be modified to support any other type of adoption.
- Timeline: The amount of time it takes to complete the SFE is mostly controlled by the adoptive family and their speed in gathering and completing the necessary paperwork. It is possible to complete the process in 1-2 months, but the average is 3-4 months. The time it takes to complete a domestic home study varies greatly depending on the agency you use and the state in which you live, but is generally a longer process.
- Number of visits: Every state has different home study requirements, and that includes the number of face-to-face visits that home study providers must make before they can complete a home study. Most states require 2-4 separate visits for a licensed home study. The SFE requires only one home visit with an SFE provider, which can often help speed up the overall timeline of your adoption process.
- Paperwork: SFE paperwork is similar to what is used in a home study, since we follow an adoption model. However, it is often a smaller amount than what’s required for a home study and the requirements are more flexible since we aren’t having to follow the regulations of any government entity.
written by Beth Button