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Often requested by adoption agencies, the autobiography is a written history of the adoptive parent, including educational background, career and a variety of other information; also called a profile or a RESUME.

Often guided by the agency on the type of information to include, the prospective adoptive parent prepares the autobiography for review by agency staff.

The agency staff may use the autobiography to help them evaluate the family in the HOME STUDY or family study process. Some agencies also provide nonidentifying autobiographies to pregnant women or birthmothers considering adoption and ask them to select which adoptive parents they would like for their child.

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