Questions you may be asked during an adoption interview

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2023 | Adoption |

If you’re interested in adopting a child, part of the process involves going through an adoption interview. It’s important for those involved to be sure that they are placing a child in a safe, healthy and loving home. Interviewing prospective parents is a major step in this process.

If you are going to sit for an adoption interview soon, remember that many questions won’t actually have answers that would qualify as being right or wrong. An interviewer is simply trying to get to know you and understand your situation. The answers may be unique to you, so there’s no real way to study for this type of interview. That being said, understanding what types of questions you may face can be very beneficial.

10 questions you may be asked

There is no guarantee you will be asked the questions listed below, and you could see some that are much different than you’ll find listed here. This list can simply serve as a starting point concerning potential questions that are very commonly asked during such interviews:

  1. Are you married, and (if so) how long has your relationship lasted so far?
  2. If you are married, what would you and your spouse say are some of the strengths and weaknesses in your relationship?
  3. What was your life like growing up, and what type of relationship did you have with your siblings and your parents?
  4. If you could change something that your parents did while raising you, what would it be?
  5. How would you describe your parenting style or disciplinary style?
  6. Have you considered where your child would go to school and what are your own views on education?
  7. If you already have children and are looking to adopt another, how do your children feel about this process and what have you told them?
  8. Do you regularly see the doctor for a physical and what does your general health look like?
  9. What is your financial situation and your employment status?
  10. What is your living situation? Do you rent or own a home, and does it have space for a new child?

You can see how an interviewer would use such questions as a foundation for decision-making when trying to determine if your home would be a good fit for a child.

As you go through the exciting adoption process, be sure you know what legal steps to take and to seek legal guidance when you have questions – you don’t just have to answer them, you can ask them too!