For anyone, including gay men, wishing to adopt or foster a child, a home study is a necessary step. Here's what you need to know.
Once you've decided to adopt, a process called the home study is the next step. A home study is a required step for any family wanting to adopt any child. It is used not only for private and public adoptions, but also for foster care, step-parent adoptions, kinship adoptions (when grandparents or other family members are raising a child), second parent adoption following a surrogate birth or sperm donation, and in some states, even frozen embryo transfers require a home study.