In observance of World Adoption Day adoption attorney Nathalie Paluch, of the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon, offers tips for passing the home study and interview required for many international adoptions this November 9, 2018.
Says Paluch, "While not every country or circumstance requires the home study, it is a good idea to prepare, because many agencies will want to meet with you and review your background, health, history, and finances."
As the world celebrates World Adoption Day, Paluch and the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon recognize the important role adoption has in helping children lead their happiest, healthiest and best lives to their full potential. Among the home study tips to consider in order to have a great outcome, Nathalie recommends:
- Take care of yourself! Your medical records will be considered including body mass index, recent specialist referrals, and activity level. As you prepare for your home study remember that your wellness will be considered and use it as an opportunity to stay regular on your preventative checkups or join that gym.
- Be yourself. Your home study will likely include interviews individually with prospective parents, and together, if you are adopting as a couple. If you are relaxed and transparent and on the same page as your partner, it will show.
- For an agency, provide the home study "tip sheet" provided by the US agency overseeing international adoptions. This will help the agency completing the study to avoid small technicalities which could otherwise delay processing [link: https://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-738.pdf]
- Talk with an attorney. Legal advice can help you avoid surprises, errors, hassles or heartbreak.
ABOUT THE LAW OFFICE OF PETER A. LAUZON: Offering representation for people in a broad range of challenging family law matters, the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon excels in all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody and property division with an expertise in interstate and international custody and jurisdiction matters. http://www.lauzonfamilylaw.com https://www.facebook.com/LauzonFamilyLaw
ABOUT NATHALIE PALUCH: Named to the list of Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" and dedicated exclusively to helping clients with family law matters, Ms. Paluch, a Certified Family Law Specialist, is passionate about bringing peace of mind to her clients involved in complex family law matters involving adoption and guardianship cases. http://www.lauzonfamilylaw.com/About/Nathalie-Amir.shtml