1. Your attorney will go to court and a caseworker will be appointed to conduct your Adoption Home Study. There are also times, your attorney will give you a caseworkers name to call, because they prefer to us that evaluator over others.
2. You contact the caseworker.
3. He or she will send you a list of documents which are required by the Family Code to complete your adoption. Consents will also be sent at this time. The evaluator will send you directions to get fingerprinted which you will need to get set up right away. There is a link to this under the download section. Also, save your receipt! You, your attorney or the caseworker will need the UE ID: number to open your results.
4. You will set up the home visit/interviews. Everyone who lives in the house must be present including all children or adults who live in the house part-time or full-time.
5. During the waiting period and prior to the home visit please get these things completed:
a. Medical health checks for the adopting parent and child being adopted.
b. Updated vaccination records for your animals.
c. The adopting parents references which must be sent to the evaluator.
d. Prior court documentation for prior divorces and custody arrangements.
e. All other documents requested by the adoption evaluator.
f. Whatever documents are outstanding at the time of the home visit can be emailed to the evaluator.
6. Home Visit/Interviews Conducted
7. Custody Evaluator writes the report and sends it to the parents to ensure the names are correct along with the dates and events. Corrections are made based on errors.
8. Once the adoption evaluator ensures all documents are received and the report is correct, he or she will submit the report to the court and attorney on record.
9. Your attorney will set a court date to finalize the adoption. If I am appointed to conduct your study and you tell me when your court date is I would be honored to come and take pictures and videos of your sweet “forever more” family adoption. Please try and give me a week or two notice so I can take a few hours off work to come to your special day, especially if you live outside of Tarrant County.