• Dr. Lisa Benton

What are Pre-Adoptive Psychological Evaluations?

Pre-adoptive parents are often required to undergo psychological evaluation as part of the adoptive process. This is most common with international adoptions, when agencies require both a psychological evaluation and a home study to assess the individuals for parent readiness.

Pre-adoptive psychological evaluations can cause mixed emotions for parents to be. It’s common to feel anxious and even a little angry about the idea, especially if you have experienced recurrent miscarriages or failed IVF attempts prior to your decision to adopt. After all, couples have babies every day without an evaluation, so it can feel unfair that you have to clear yet another hurdle. On the other hand, you may feel excited about your decision and eager to get the process started. Either way, both reactions are normal. You can rest assured that your adoption organization is operating on the highest standard of excellence when looking to place a child with a safe, healthy adoptive family.

Each organization has it’s own set of requirements for the pre-adoptive evaluation. Some require both the clinical interview of each parent plus a personality test called the MMPI-2. This assessment is completed in office to protect the integrity of the test. The client is required to answer 567 multiple choice questions, and it usually takes 90-120 minutes to complete. Other organizations require only the clinical evaluation of each parent with a full report and signed letter from the licensed professional. Each adoption organization has it’s own unique requirements which need to be met by a licensed Psychologist.

If you recently made the decision to adopt a child and are required to undergo a pre-adoptive psychological evaluation, rest assured that this is a common practice. I am pleased to offer pre-adoptive evaluations to couples in my Fort Lauderdale, FL. If you are an adoptive couple looking for a compassionate, experienced professional, I would be happy to help you on your adoptive journey.

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