A home study, sometimes called a “family assessment,” is a written report containing the findings of a social worker who has met on several occasions with the prospective adoptive parents, has visited their home, and who has investigated the health, medical, criminal, family and home background of the adoptive parents. The issues addressed in the homestudy report are dictated by the department of family services in your state, and, for international adoption, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the requirements of the sending country. It is not something to be dreaded but rather a support tool to help your family move through the process of a successful adoption.
What is required of prospective parents for the home study?
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a home study cost? The time it takes to conduct the home study will vary but will usually take more than 60 days to complete because of background checks and other documents needed. You can help speed up the process by gathering the required documents immediately and scheduling visits with your worker on a timely basis.
How much does a home study cost? The cost of the home study depends on what kind of adoption you are pursuing. Our fees are competitive and based on what is typical for your area.
What might disqualify our family from adopting? A serious criminal record or any overriding safety concerns would preclude the social worker from approving your family.
How do I get more specifics and to get started?
Children’s Hope International is licensed in the state of Missouri to conduct both international and domestic home studies for families that reside in the state of Missouri. We do not work with birth parents. Children’s Hope International believes that as a family the international adoption experience is not completed after the child comes home; the adoption journey is a life-long experience accompanied by a life changing commitment. We look forward to helping you along this beautiful journey!
please contact Nicky Losse at 314-812-1742 or Nicky.Losse@Childrenshope.net.
If you are an expatriate living in China and would like specific information regarding our office in China doing your home study, please call (010)64462430/31/32/33
None of the children that you see here are available for adoption. We have received permission from each child’s parent or guardian to use their child’s photo on our website.