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American Adoptions is here to help you complete the first step of your adoption process — your adoption home study.

No matter the type of adoption you decide to pursue or the professional you choose to work with, one of the first requirements during the process is completing an adoption home study.

Families are encouraged to begin their home study as soon as possible, as most professionals require the completion of this step before a family can start searching and connecting with potential adoption opportunities.

Begin Your Adoption Home Study

Whether you have chosen American Adoptions as your adoption professional or are working with a different agency, as a licensed home study provider, we can help you complete your home study through our agency or with one of our preferred partners throughout the United States.

For more information on how American Adoptions home study costs and services are more affordable and efficient than other providers, click on your state of residence below to get started with the home study process: 

If your state is not listed above, to ensure you receive the support you need, we have partnered with 1-800-HomeStudy to aid families living in areas where American Adoptions does not currently complete home studies. 

Visit 1-800-HomeStudy for a listing of qualified home study providers in your area and to begin the process.

What is an Adoption Home Study?

An adoption home study is a way to determine your readiness to parent a child. The requirements of a home study will vary depending upon the specific adoption, but the assessment process always involves several steps and a fair amount of paperwork. Often, a home study consists of the following:

  • Submitting legal documents: Birth certificates, marriage licenses, etc.
  • Each member of the adoptive household completes an interview with the home study worker
  • Home visits with the social worker
  • Background checks (such as child abuse clearances and criminal record checks)
  • Character references from people who know you
  • And more

This briefly overviews what you can expect during your home study. To learn more about the process, how to prepare, find a checklist, and more, follow this link for helpful articles explaining the ins and outs of an adoption home study.

You may also call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a specialist from American Adoptions for all your adoption-related questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions does not allow gender specificity in adoption. Any family who wishes to be gender-specific in their adoption should contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION and ask about the possibility of an exception waiver before taking any other steps toward adoption with our agency. Any families who do receive an exception to be gender-specific may also incur an additional fee, which helps cover the additional advertising costs of such a request.

Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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