Home Study Services

As a licensed nonprofit adoption agency, Pact, an Adoption Alliance provides home study services to families who live in many California counties in which we are licensed.

An adoption home study is designed to ensure that an adoptive family is ready to welcome a child into their home. The process includes completion of paperwork and in-person interviews with the home study practitioner. Pact uses the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE), a standardized home study methodology.

While the idea of a home study can be intimidating, keep in mind that its entire purpose is to ensure the immediate and long-term well-being of the child you plan to love for the rest of your life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a home study? A home study is a written report prepared by a licensed social worker on an individual or couple preparing to adopt. If you are living in the United States and want to adopt an infant or child, getting a home study is required by law. During the home study process, you will be required to submit autobiographical questionnaires, employment and financial documentation, personal references, medical histories for all family members in the home, and criminal background clearances. The home study process also includes individual meetings between you and a Pact social worker. When couples are adopting, the social worker meets with the prospective adoptive parents individually and together. Visits take place in your home.

How long does a home study take? Prospective adoptive parents are responsible for completing and submitting all required home study documents. Once all necessary documents are received, the home study process typically takes two to three months.

Who does the home study? Pact's home study practitioners are Master's-level adoption social workers.

What do I have to do to get started with a home study? If you are interested in having your home study conducted by Pact, you must first complete the pre-placement consultation to determine if Pact is a good fit for your family and to learn more about our approach to adoption, race, and family. After which you may submit an application for Pact to provide your home study.

What if I am working with an adoption facilitator or lawyer and just need a home study? Pact takes a holistic approach to all adoptions in which we are involved; that is the only way to meet our ethical commitment to children placed with the families we serve. Whether or not you are working with other placement professionals, if you wish Pact to conduct your home study, we require that you participate in pre-placement consultations and ongoing education with us; we do not provide stand-alone "home study only" services.

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