If a person wants to take custody of a child that is alleged to be abused, neglected or dependent child, either with Children Services filing a complaint, or a private party filing a complaint for custody, those prospective custodians must have a home study conducted. Many people gt nervous when the issue of a home study is raised, fearing that outsiders will soon be prying into their lives. However, homestudies are rather mundane and the items the investigators are interested in are very basic in nature. When Children Services or a privte organization conducts a homestudy, they are effectively looking at the following:
1. Is the home structurally sound?
2. Is there adequate room in the home that would allow the custodians to take-in another child?
3. Is the home sanitary and safe in all respects?