What's involved in the assessment process?
Pre-adoption evaluations usually consist of a clinical interview conducted both with the parents together and separately. The interview is a necessary part of the evaluation so that the psychologist understands your context and narrative when interpreting the test or assessment results. This is followed by one or more psychological tests that help determine any mental health concerns. This enables the assessing psychologist to provide accurate feedback and give recommendations tailored to your needs.
Psychological tests may include the MMPI-2, a standard personality test, though other tests may be used instead of or in addition to the MMPI-2. The MMPI is a true/false questionnaire designed to identify mental health concerns and will be interpreted by the psychologist to determine any issues that need to be addressed.
In general, each prospective parent should expect to:
- Attend an approximately 1 to 1.5 hour interview appointment;
- Attend an approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hour psychological testing appointment; and,
- Attend an approximately 1 to 1.5 hour couples interview appointment
The above can all be completed in one day (across an approximately 3.5 to 5.5 hour appointment) or across multiple days.
What are the pre-requisites?
How long would it take to obtain the report?
We recognise the urgency for the report and do our best to ensure that the report is ready within 1 to 2 weeks from the date of completing the evaluation.