Letter of Reference for Adoption Home Study

Has anyone ever asked you to write an letter of reference for an adoption home study?  If so, you are probably wondering, “How do I do that?” and “What is an adoption home study?”

Let’s cut right to the chase.  If you want a template for writing an adoption home study, here it is:

February 5, 2018

To whom it may concern,

I have known Joe and Sally Smith for 10 years.  I have been involved with Joe and Sally as members of the neighborhood watch committee and in Sunday school classes.

I have observed that Joe and Sally are very kind and patient people.  Although they do not have any children of their own, they have always interacted in a kind and friendly way with the children at our church.  Joe and Sally are always pleasant to each other and the people around them.

I do not know of anything in their character or history that should prevent them from being successful adoptive parents.  I give my unreserved recommendation that they be allowed to adopt a child/ children.


Martha Earnest

Now, if you are still interested, an adoption home study is a process that everyone has to go through if they are seeking to adopt an unrelated child. The home study will be written by an licensed social worker. The social worker is tasked with investigating key elements of a prospective adoptive parent’s life and reporting those findings to the court or other government entity.

The letters of reference from members of the community is just one way for the court to evaluate whether prospective adoptive parents are suitable to take in a child for adoption.


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