An applicant/s being considered by an adoption agency will have to undergo a detailed assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to establish their suitability and eligibility as prospective adoptive parent/s. The assessment will be carried out by one of the Child and Family Agency Social Workers. It will include a number of interviews and visits to the applicant/s’ home. The Social Worker will discuss such areas as a relationship, motives for adopting, expectations of the child and their ability to help the child to have knowledge and understanding of his/her birth story. As part of the process, the applicant/s will be expected to undergo a medical examination.