Orphan Home Study Guidelines
Home Study Preparer
A home study preparer is any party licensed or otherwise authorized under the law of the State of the orphan’s proposed residence to conduct the research including the required personal interview(s) and preparation for a home study.
A Home Study Preparer includes:
In the case of an orphan whose adoption has been finalized abroad and whose adoptive parents reside abroad:
Validity of the Home Study
During personal interviews and home study visits, the home study preparer must:
Assessment to Properly Parent an Orphan
During an assessment of the prospective adoptive parent(s) to properly parent the orphan, the home study preparer must:
The financial assessment must include:
USCIS reserves the right to request detailed financial statements or supporting financial documents.
Criminal History and/or History of Abuse and/or Violence
In screening for abuse and/or violence, the home study preparer must:
In addition, the home study preparer must:
The home study evaluation must include:
Note: All of the above applies to each adult member of the prospective adoptive parent’s household.
In making a favorable decision regarding evidence of rehabilitation, when the adoptive parent(s) has a criminal history or history of substance abuse, sexual or child abuse, and/or domestic violence, the home study preparer must include:
Note: All of the above applies to each adult member of the prospective adoptive parents' household.
Failure to Disclose
Failure to disclose information by the adoptive parent(s) or any adult member of the household concerning all arrests and/or convictions, history of any substance abuse, history of any sexual or child abuse, and/or history of any domestic violence along with the date of each occurrence to either the home preparer or to USCIS, may result in the denial of the advanced processing application and orphan petition.
Previous Rejection for Adoption and/or a Prior Unfavorable Home Study
If the prospective adoptive parent(s) has previously been rejected or received an unfavorable home study, the home preparer must:
The home study must include:
Handicapped or Special Needs Orphan
The home preparer must discuss the prospective adoptive parent(s) preparation, willingness, and ability to provide proper care for such an orphan.
Summary of the Counseling Given and Plans for Post Placement Counseling
The counseling summary must include:
Specific Approval of the Prospective Adoptive Parent(s) for Adoption
The home study must include:
Home Study Preparer’s Certification and Statement of Authority to Conduct Home Studies
The home study preparer must be licensed or otherwise authorized to conduct home studies in the State of the orphan’s proposed residence if the prospective adoptive parent(s) reside in the United States.
In the case of an orphan whose adoption was finalized abroad, and whose adoptive parent(s) reside abroad:
Review of the Home Study
Home Study Update
If a home study is more than 6 months old at the time of submission to USCIS, it must be accompanied by an update.
If at any time there have been any significant changes prior to the child’s arrival, additional information will be requested that includes but is not limited to the following:
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/30/2011