have asked us to outline the kind and amount of information we would
like to have about families applying for a foreign child, and the
form in which it would be most useful to ISS in the “matching”
process. In the past few years we have accepted summaries or copies
of home studies as they would be completed for an application for
a local child, writing back for more information as needed. Agencies
have been most cooperative, even though some of our requests involved
extra interviews fitted into an agency’s already heavy schedule.
We feel that we now have had enough experience with the “matching”
of family to specific child to be able to outline the information
that can give us a clear idea of the type and age of child for which
a particular family is potentially most suitable, in relation to
the attitudes and facilities of their community. . . .
The same amount and kind of material usually compiled for the placement
of a local child is also needed for a family who has applied to
adopt a foreign child. It should be supplemented by an evaluation
of the special qualities we have found valuable for the successful
placement of foreign children. First of all, the family must be
ready to understand and handle the differences in cultural background
and, perhaps, race of a child from another country, and to accept
a child who has had material and emotional deprivations in the early
years. It goes without saying that the family must be able to accept
a child as he is, along with the cultural and environmental factors
that had a part in molding him, and without a need to Americanize
him too quickly. . . .
GUIDE FOR SUMMARY OF ADOPTIVE HOME STUDY
1. Basis for study and recommendations: Number of office interviews,
and with whom; number of home visits, and with whom.
2. Reason for application for foreign child.
3. Description (for all members of the immediate family)
of physical appearance; personality, activities and interests; education
and ambitions, nationality background; family attitudes toward intercountry
adoption; home and community.
4. Economic position: employment; income; assets, and resources.
5. Nationality and racial make-up and attitudes of community.
6. Medical report, current, completed by physician. (N.B. If medical
basis for childlessness, add PAPs’ emotional reaction to it.)
7. Describe PAPs: Experience in handling children, and reaction
in discussion of common problems at various stages in a child’s
development and growth, and experience, if any, with people of other
8. Discussion of type, age and sex of child for whom PAP and worker
agree they would be suitable.
9. Worker’s evaluation of motivation for adoption, and for
adoption of a foreign child.
10. Any additional comments by worker or PAPs of special qualifications
as adoptive parents.