Homestudy Services

The Homestudy is the first step in the adoption process.  Anyone who hopes to adopt must have completed the homestudy process.  In some states the homestudy may be completed by either an independent social worker or a licensed adoption agency, however, many states and agencies require adoptive families to have their homestudy completed by a licensed agency rather than an independent social worker.  If you are already working with an agency but need a homestudy, ask your agency if they are able to use a homestudy completed by an independent social worker of if the homestudy must be completed by a licensed adoption agency.

The homestudy includes but is not limited to the following:

  • background checks
  • financial statements
  • medical statements
  • home visit
  • letters of reference
  • birth certificates
  • marriage licenses-if applicable

The cost for a Homestudy completed by Your Adoptive Family is $2200 which includes a non-refundable $300 application fee and $1900 homestudy fee.

If you are considering adopting a child of a race, ethnicity or culture that is different from your own, please go to: www.pactadopt.org and read their resources on trans-racial adoption and watch their video: ” Considering Trans-racial Adoption: 4 questions to ask yourself”. Also visit Angela Tuckers website: www.theadoptedlife.com.

Please do your research prior to completing the application for in the words of Angela Tucker, ”  I was keenly aware that I did not quite belong. Because to belong meant that I could find products for my coarse afro-textured hair at a local store, makeup would be available in my skin color and I wouldn’t be petted on a weekly basis by curious citizens who wondered what my hair felt like. To belong meant I’d need to be white.”

It is essential that you fully understand what it means to parent a child of a different race, ethnicity and/or culture before bringing that child into your home.

Your Adoptive Family is collaborating with PACT-an adoption alliance to provide required (WAC 388-147-1725) training webinars for all homestudy families.

Prior to beginning the homestudy process, every homestudy family is required to attend at least one webinar about Open Adoption and every family who is considering trans-racial adoption is required to attend at least two webinars about trans-racial adoption and are strongly encouraged to participate in Pact’s BCAC-Building Communities Across Cultures Program.

Here is a link to the required webinars: https://store.pactadopt.org/TransracialAdoptionEd4YAF.html.

If you are interested in getting more information please contact our Executive Director:  jilldz@youradoptivefamily.com or if you are ready to get started you can simply complete the application and send it to the address on the application: Homestudy Application

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