An adoption home study is a written report by a social worker who has met with the applicants on several occasions, both individually and together (if a couple). Virginia requires at least three face to face meeting with a minimum of one meeting taking place in the family’s home. Components of a home study involve education, preparation, mutual assessment, and gathering information about the prospective adoptive parents. The mutual assessment process is designed to help families decide if adoption is right for them, as well as to help families understand the type of child whose needs they could meet. This process can take approximately from three to four months, depending on the completion of the required paperwork. As prospective adoptive parents, you must complete a home study prior to adopting, regardless of what kind of adoption you choose to pursue.