There is an extensive screening process done on those wanting to adopt, be it internationally or domestically. The home study process is intensive and can take months to complete. It’s really a “people study,” researching you on many levels including financial, emotional, medical, physical, and spiritual. It also includes references from friends and family. The goal is to make sure that the hopeful adoptive couple’s home is safe for a child, and they’re fit to be parents. Home studies ensure that you’re ready to adopt and parent a child for a lifetime.