report prepared by a private social worker, contracted by DOCS, or a DOCS District Officer, assessing the suitability of applicants to become adoptive parents
Sometimes called "adoption study." Written report by a social worker to help the court determine if prospective foster or adoptive parents are qualified. In developing the home study, a social worker meets with prospective parents several times, visits the home to inspect the accommodation and check for safety features, and investigates medical, family, and criminal backgrounds. If other people live in the home in addition to the prospective parents, they are also investigated.