Domestic & International Home Studies

ARIZONA home studies for ADOPTION

We provide affordable home studies for domestic and international adoption. As a Hague Convention accredited agency, we can provide home studies for families adopting from any country. Many of our social workers are adoptive parents, too, and understand the journey.

A home study is about you – your feelings about adoption, your personal history, your expectations and your philosophy of parenting. We visit with you a minimum of two times; some countries require additional visits. Each family member will have a private conversation with a social worker and time to raise questions. The home study process is a great opportunity to explore your ideas and learn more about adoption.

The application process is free. Call for a consultation! Our social workers’ expertise is highly regarded by families, especially those undertaking adoption for the first time. We are a resource center for all adoptive families. 

For home study families committing to an adoption service through the agency or engaging us for post placement or post adoption reports, the first post placement or adoption report is included at no charge except for social worker travel, if applicable.  This effectively reduces the cost of a domestic home study to $1075 and the cost of an international home study to $1350 at the time the first post placement or adoption report is due, as the first report is included with the home study fee.

The initial home study fee for domestic adoption is $1,400; an international Hague Convention/Universal Accreditation Act compliant home study is $1,700.  International post adoption reports are $350 and domestic post placement reports are $325.  Discounts and adoption grants may be available for both international and domestic adoption services.  We are happy to provide the Home Study agreement, which outlines costs for home studies and related services available to Arizona families.

 

Arizona Home Studies

For the state of Arizona, your home study must:

  • Meet all state requirements and be certified by the court

  • Be amended if there are significant changes in residence, marital status, criminal history, finances, health, or the number of dependents

  • Discuss the potential for delays and changes in the adoption process and costs

  • Discuss risks associated with adopting children with limited or unverifiable medical, psycho-social and developmental histories, or with drug or alcohol exposure or poor pre-natal care

  • Recommend the age, number and sex of children appropriate for the family

Arizona home study families must provide:

  • Biographical information

  • ID such as Arizona driver’s license

  • Birth certificates

  • Marriage license and, if divorced, divorce decree

  • Criminal clearances

  • Child abuse clearances

  • Proof of insurance

  • Financial verification such as employee letter, pay stubs, tax returns

  • Medical exam reports

  • Reference letters

  • Military discharge documents, if applicable

  • Complete a minimum of ten hours adoption education

Arizona Administrative Code regarding Home Study Certification: Arizona Admin Code regarding Home Study Certification

 

International Home Studies

For International Adoptions

The home study must meet United States CIS requirements, including

  • Be no more than six months old upon submission to United States CIS; if so, the home study needs to be updated

  • The home study must recommend a specific country that the family plans to adopt from, which correlates with their United States CIS application

For detailed information on international adoption and the Hague Convention, please visit the US Dept of State.

Post Adoption & Post Placement Reports

Post placement visits are required after an infant or child is placed in your home. The number of reports varies with the state or country of origin of the child; however, the agency requires a minimum of three post placement visits. These visits with the social worker mark milestones in your child's development and give you helpful feedback and support. They also help to provide reassurance to new parents who have concerns about their child’s development.

It is extremely important to contact us whenever concerns arise. It can cause parental anxiety when children present puzzling behaviors. Whatever your concern or question, please contact us. We are here to help!