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WHAT DOES THE HOME STUDY REPORT USUALLY COVER? SINGAPORE ADOPTION LAWYER ANSWERS

Introduction

  • All couples who wish to adopt a child have to undergo a Pre-Adoption Briefing. At this briefing, they will be informed whether they have to get a Home Study Report done or whether they are able to apply for a waiver.
  • If a Home Study Report is required, it usually covers the following:

Typical Headings

  • The Home Study Report will often have the following (or similar) headings:
    • Identifying Information
    • Motivation to Adopt
    • Background Information
    • Marital Relationship
    • Previous Marriage (if relevant)
    • Health Condition
    • Others Living in the Home
    • Finances
    • Religious Beliefs
    • Criminal, Immigration & Abuse Background Check
    • Description of Home
    • Description of Neighbourhood
    • References
    • Parenting
    • Guardianship
    • Child Preferences
    • Home Study History
    • Recommendation

The Applicants' Identifying Information

  • This includes the usual details such as:
    • name
    • age, date of birth
    • NRIC no., etc

The Applicants' Motivation to Adopt

  • This will include:
    • the background and the reasons why they have chosen the adoption route
    • their attitude towards adoption

Background Information on the Applicants

  • This includes:
    • the Applicants' citizenship
    • place and circumstances of birth
    • upbringing
    • immediate and extended family background
    • academic and employment history

The Applicants' Marital Relationship

  • This includes:
    • how they met
    • how long they dated
    • their attitude towards each other
    • the nature of their current relationship and
    • how they manage their relationship
  • If there was a previous marriage, this would also be gone into.

Others Living in the Home (with the Applicants)

  • This will cover:
    • all the persons living in the same home
    • their identity and usual particulars
    • background to how they came to be living together
    • relationship between the various persons and the Applicants
    • whether these persons are supportive of the intention to adopt

Health Condition of the Applicants

  • This is self explanatory

Finances

  • This will, of course include:
    • income
    • expenses
    • assets
    • liabilities

Religious Beliefs

  • This is self explanatory

Criminal, Immigration & Abuse Background Check

  • This is self explanatory

Description of Home

  • This is self explanatory

Description of Neighbourhood

  • This is self explanatory

References

  • This can include
    • reference letter(s) from or
    • telephone interview(s) with
    • friend(s) and/or relative(s) who know the Applicant(s)
    • including whether the reference(s) support the proposed adoption

Parenting

  • This includes
    • any prior experience and
    • current attitudes towards parenting
    • views on how the child should be disciplined
    • who the main care giver would be
    • openness to learning more about effective parenting techniques
    • awareness of potential challenges

Guardianship

  • This includes
    • the identity of person who will be the guardian in the event of the Applicants' death or incapacity

Child Preferences

  • This includes, if any, in relation to the intended child for adoption
    • gender
    • race
    • age
    • origin

Home Study History

  • This states whether there was any previous history of
    • unfavourable home study report or
    • ever being found unsuitable to adopt.

Recommendation

  • This will state whether the Applicants are recommended for adoption or not.


If you have any questions or need any assistance with an adoption, please call us at 6535 1800.



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