How long is the home study good for?

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 full service client's home studies annually for free no matter what state they live in, just in case their baby is born in a state that requires annual updates. The only exception to this policy is that we charge an update fee if a home visit is required, for example because of a change of address or a state requirement. Clients with a 'Homestudy Only' contract must still pay the update fee.