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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains what an adoption home study consists of and shares advice for adopting parents on how to do your best during the home test
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The first step in your adoption process is always going to be a home study, no matter what avenue you take. The home study is going to consist of multiple interviews with your social worker. You will get a physical, we’ll probably ask for a DMV record, a background check. The most important thing that I want to stress is that we’re not looking to exclude people. It really is very unusual for someone not to be able to be approved for a home study. There is a misnomer out there that if I have this in my background, have that in my background, I won’t be able to adopt. I would encourage you to talk to your adoption professional, because there are really a few things that we can’t work through. And I don’t want the adoptive parents to be unnecessarily scared.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains what an adoption home study consists of and shares advice for adopting parents on how to do your best during the home test

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.

Dr. Bliss attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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