Preparing for Adoption
Adoption can be one of the most wonderful events in life. Whether you’re investigating adoption as an option or have already decided that you want to adopt, LSS/NCA is here to support you. As a licensed adoption agency in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, we provide home study and post-placement visits for domestic and international adoptions for families and individuals within a 50 mile radius of the DC Metro Area.
LSS/NCA is not a child placement agency for domestic or international adoptions. We provide only home study and post placement services.
If you are interested in preparing your home for a child or need someone to conduct home/post-placement studies or are interested in learning more about placement agencies we have worked with in the past, please fill out our adoption inquiry form.
WHAT IS A HOME STUDY?
A home study is a collaborative process designed to teach you about adoption and assess your suitability to become an adoptive parent. The home study process involves a series of interviews with all members of the household, as well as submission of documents as required by state regulations. The process culminates in a written home study report.
WHAT ARE POST PLACEMENT VISITS?
Following an adoption placement, adoptive families will undergo a post-placement supervision period, during which time a social worker will make visits to the adoptive home and develop a report detailing the child’s and parent's adjustment to the placement. Your social worker will observe you and your child and discuss a variety of topics, from developmental milestones to pediatrician visits. The primary purpose of post-placement visits is to ensure the adoptive placement is a good fit for the adoptive parents and the child, ensuring need are being met. The exact requirements, process and number of post-placement visits you will need to complete vary by state and country but an average of three post-placement visits is usually required.