If you are considering adoption for the first time, it's likely that no two words conjure up more anxiety than the dreaded "home study." Take heart, dear Mamas. I was in your shoes not so long ago! An adoption home study is a series of visits with a licensed social worker (or other agent) to assess the suitability of a family and their environment to parent an adopted child. Every member of the family is involved in the process, including other children in the home. The name "home study" can be rather misleading, since an examination of your home (mostly for safety, etc.) is only one piece of this process. The study also includes a series of questionnaires/autobiographical statements, interviews, financial records, and medical evaluations.