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Frequently Asked Questions About
International Adoption Home Studies



1.   Does my home study agency need to be licensed in my state?

Yes, your home study agency must be licensed by the state you reside in to conduct homestudies. Some agencies have licenses for specific counties, while others are licensed statewide.

2.   What state are you licensed in?

Families For Children is licensed to conduct domestic homestudies and adoptions and international homestudies in the state of California.

3.   Do you need a different kind of home study for international and domestic adoptions?

International adoptions require a home study that meets the requirements of your state. However, home studies for international adoptions must also meet the requirements of the USCIS and the country you plan to adopt from.

4.   What countries does Families For Children offer homestudies for?

We can conduct home studies for nearly any country that has an International Adoption program. However, due to the 2014 Universal Accreditation Act, we can only conduct homestudies for families working with Hague approved agencies. We are unable to provide home studies for independent, facilitated or direct international adoptions.

5.   What are your Social Workers' qualifications?

As required by State regulations, Families For Children's social workers possess MSW degrees (Masters in Social Work), some have LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) qualifications. All of our Social Workers who conduct home studies have years of experience working with adoptive parents.

6.   What should I expect from the home study process?

The social worker will meet with you, your spouse and your biological children to conduct interviews. This may take 2-4 visits at 2-3 hours each time. Families For Children will conduct the home study process in a way that will allow the prospective adoptive parents to go through a phase of self-discovery and self-study rather than an investigative process on the part of the agency. Given enough information and wide enough latitude to explore one's own motivations and desires, most people will make the right decisions as to whether or not adoption is appropriate for them, and if so, what kind of child would be the best match for them. The social worker will then prepare a biography of your family, your home study. Once you have an approved home study, you are ready to proceed with your inter-country adoption.

7.   What fees are involved?

International Application and Home Study Fee: $2700
(Includes $200 non-refundable application fee.)

Post Adoptive Services: $1000 for 3 post placement reports.




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