The home study process

Adoption and foster care expert Jill Boyer, MSW, explains one of the key components of the adoption process, the home study. Watch this video to find out more about the purpose of home studies and what they consist of.
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The home study process

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The Home Study is part of the approval process to adopt in the United States. It involves the Social Worker going out to the home of the applicants three or four times, to interview each person involved in the family, to help them to determine what kind of child they are hoping to adopt; and also their preparedness for adoption. The family should understand it's not a white glove test. It's getting to know you process, so that the Social Worker is able to write a narrative that best describes the family and will allow that Social Worker to advocate for that family for a possible match.

Adoption and foster care expert Jill Boyer, MSW, explains one of the key components of the adoption process, the home study. Watch this video to find out more about the purpose of home studies and what they consist of.

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Jill Boyer, MSW

Adoption & Foster Care Expert

Jill W. Boyer, MSW was born in Detroit, Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Michigan State University in E. Lansing and a Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Ms. Boyer has dedicated her 25-year professional life primarily to supportive services for children and youth.

Prior to coming to Vista Del Mar Child And Family Services in 2005, Ms. Boyer has directed two post-adoption projects at The Institute for Black Parenting in Los Angeles, served as the Director of the Emergency Shelter Care Facility at Children’s Institute International in Torrance, was Acting Director of the Upward Bound Program at Harbor College, and provided and coordinated therapeutic services to families in the CALworks program.

She feels a special connection to adoption and foster care. She brings her experience to the Foster, Foster-Adopt, Domestic Adoption and Intercountry Adoption Programs at Vista, as the Community Services Program Director.

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