What information does an adoption agency consider when determining whether to place a child with prospective adoptive parents?

The agencies will conduct an investigation of the prospective adoptive parents, which can include a background check for past criminal history and possible past child abuse. In most states the agency will prepare a report and study for approval by the court that will determine whether the adoption is in the best interest of the child and that placement with the prospective adoptive parents is in the best interest of the child.