Home Study Information
The home study is a required document that must be submitted to USCIS for all Orphan and Hague adoption cases. The primary purpose of the home study is to help USCIS determine whether the prospective adoptive parents are suitable and eligible to adopt a child, based on the criteria that have been established by law.
Preparing a Home Study
USCIS does not conduct the home study. An adoption home study must be conducted by someone who is licensed or otherwise authorized to conduct adoption home studies. The individual must complete the home study according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations.
Special Needs Children
If you wish to adopt a child with a disability or special needs, the home study must contain a discussion of the preparation, willingness and ability of the applicant to provide proper care for a child with a disability or special needs.
Note: Remember it is always best to address specific special needs to the most serious degree of disability/health condition where possible.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/08/2011