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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

Founder of Bliss Adoption Services

Dr. Jennifer Bliss has dedicated her career to adoption education and support. She specializes in providing clinical services for all members of the adoption triad, including adoption education/consultation and pre/post adoption relationship support. Throughout her career, Dr. Bliss has been passionate about educating the public on best practices in adoption and the psychology of open adoption. 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 received her BA in Psychology and BS in Education from University of Southern California. She went on to earn her MSW from UCLA and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss has supervised adoption counselors across the country and has spoken on the psychology behind open adoption at universities and statewide conferences. She has also appeared as the open adoption expert on radio programs, podcasts, television shows and was the primary adoption consultant and featured counselor on WEtv's 4-part documentary series, "Adoption Diaries.”

 

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