Questions about Home Studies

The IAC does not do any international adoptions and is not accredited by the Hague Convention. To find a list of agencies that are Hague accredited please go to: http://adoption.state.gov/hague_convention/...
Whether or not you need a new home study depends on the agency you work with. Some agencies require all clients to have a home study done by their agency. The IAC will sometimes use home studies done by foster...
There is no definitive answer to this question. Some non-violent offenses will keep you from adopting, especially if the offenses involve stealing or financial crimes. Nevertheless, there is no way to know if...
At the Independent Adoption Center (IAC) the home study cost is $2300. You can read more about adoption costs here. You can also learn more about our home study process and services here on our website....
We do not discriminate against people with disabilities, but you would need to talk to a social worker about your disability. Depending on the situation, we may require a letter from a doctor to give a...
Unfortunately, in order to adopt you must either work with the state, or use a private agency or an adoption attorney. All adoptions in the United States require that the adoptive parents have a home study to...
How long a home study is valid depends on the state where you live. In many states it is one year. In California, a home study is valid for two years. At the Independent Adoption Center we update all of our...
A case with Child Protective Services (CPS) will be declared either "substantiated" or "unsubstantiated" following an investigation. A substantiated case is one where the investigation yields evidence that...
All adoptions in the United States including family adoptions, require a home study. A criminal background check is a required part of all home studies. In addition to a home study, you will need either an...
This is an extremely common concern for potential adoptive parents. First, what happened to you as a child is not your fault. We do not chose our parents, and we could not control what happened to us as...