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Gathering the Right Documentation for Home Studies

The amount of paperwork required for the home study can be overwhelming. Yet, the sooner everything is gathered and submitted, the quicker the home study portion of your adoption journey can be concluded. Following, we will highlight several items of documentation that the law requires to help you be better prepared. As a prospective adoptive parent, you may want to create a list or folder to keep everything together and organized.

Home Study Documentation

At the most basic level, prospective adoptive parents are required to provide copies of: birth certificates, social security cards, driver’s licenses and passports. Additionally, employment verification and financial statements. However, here are two items unique to the home study process:

  • Adoption Autobiographical statement – Adoption agencies will ask each of you to write either an autobiographical statement or story regarding your lives. This is used to help social workers better understand your family, and will greatly assist them when they are writing up the report of your home study.
  • Five Reference Letters – These references may come from close friends, coworkers, neighbors, an employer and/or leaders within your faith community, and should include phone numbers for verification. These references are required by most agencies. References generally should not be family members of the prospective parents and should provide honest opinions about how the reference feels the parents can handle a child and if they are already a parent, how they relate to and in general have raised their existing child(ren.) The adoption agency will provide assistance with gathering these references. For example, Adoption Choices of Nevada will send the reference forms to the references applicants provided on their applications.

For a more complete list of all required documentation, please refer to our website at Adoption Choices of Nevada.

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Gathering the Right Documentation for Home Studies

Adoption Choices of Nevada

Our agency has trained professionals and caseworkers that have been helping assist children, birth parents, and adoptive parents since 2002. Along with their many years of experience in adoption several staff members have been touched by adoption and/or adopted themselves. They offer two types of home studies, domestic and designated. Both are done to provide a safe and supportive experience for birth parents and adoptive parents who may be single, married or members of the LGBT community.

If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby or have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at Adoption Choices of Nevada, we are here to help. You may also visit our website here or contact us by phone at, 775-825-4673 (Reno Office) or 702-474-4673 (Las Vegas Office). Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm PST.

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CrowdriseAdoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.

However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.

About the Author

Rachel StromRachel Strom graduated from Lehman College in the Bronx in May of 2018, where she received her bachelors in Professional Writing. After receiving her education at Lehman College, Rachel is currently interning at Adoption Choices Inc., where she is a weekly blogger.

Rachel was adopted from Asuncion, Paraguay in 1991. Her adoption experience has helped her write articles for Adoption Choices Inc., from the perspective of an adoptive individual. She hopes her articles will help someone looking into adoption or encourage those currently in the process.

When Rachel is not writing for Adoption Choices Inc. or her own novels she enjoys her other passion for baking, where she resides, in the New York City area. When she is baking, music is always playing throughout the kitchen while she is whipping up a delectable dessert for her friends and adoptive family.




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