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SINGAPORE ADOPTION LAWYER: HOME STUDY REPORT, WHAT IS IT, HOW MUCH IS IT, WHAT GOES INTO IT

When am I required to get a Home Study Report prepared?
You are required to do so if you wish to adopt a foreign-born child or if you wish to adopt a child from the MSF (Ministry of Social & Family Development) Fostering Scheme.

Should I get a Home Study Report done before or after I start looking for the child that I wish to adopt?
You should get the Home Study Report done before you start looking. You need a favourable Home Study Report before you are allowed to agree to adopt any child from any agency or individual or to start any application to Court for legal adoption.

What is a Home Study Report?
A Home Study Report is a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the adoption and your family circumstances, including an assessment as to whether you and your spouse are allowed by law and also ready to adopt a child.

Who is able to prepare the Home Study Report?
Only professional social service staff from voluntary welfare organizations that have been accredited by the MSF can prepare Home Study Reports.

How much does it cost for a Home Study Report to be prepared?
It usually costs S$1,500/- but this may change from time to time and it is best to check with the relevant voluntary welfare organization.

What is the validity period of a Home Study Report?
Two years. After that, you will have to apply for a fresh Home Study Report.

What usually goes into a Home Study Report?
Usually, a Home Study Report will include, among other items, the adoptive parents' particulars, a list of the official contacts between the Assessor (who prepared the report) and the adoptive parents, who requested the preparation of the report (usually this will be the adoptive parents), the adoptive parents' motivation for adopting, their detailed background information, including their personality, general appearance, family background, education and employment history, marital relationship, religious beliefs, health condition, finances, their home and its neighbourhood, the results of background checks on them, their (character) references and their parenting skills and attitudes.

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