Home Study 


What is a home study?

The home study is the first step in becoming an adoptive family. It is a document written by an adoptive social worker, adoption agency, or adoption lawyer. The requirements vary from state to state so it must be done in your state. It usually includes an inspection of your home, background checks and a couple of visits from the social worker to interview family members. It sounds awful but it really isn't. Once this is done, you are approved by your state to adopt a child or children. Then you can adopt from any state including your own.

There are 3 different types of home studies:



An international home study can only be used if you adopt from another country.

Foster Care to Adopt

This is done through your office of children services. There is little or no cost to have this home study done. Usually it can be used to adopt from foster care in your state or any other state. Some of the children available for adoption through foster care can be seen at www.adoptuskids.org. 

Private Domestic

This is done by an adoption agency, adoption attorney, or an independent adoption social worker. The fees for this one can be from $1200 to $3000. This home study will allow you to adopt through another agency or attorney or from foster care in any state.

If you are located in Ohio we can help you with your home study process

If you are in another state we might be able to help you find an agency in your area.

We will expedite a home study at no additional fee. As a non-profit we work to keep our costs as low as possible. 

  • Home Study


    This is a comprehensive process that will be completed in a timely manner. We will travel all over the state. We do not charge extra for mileage. The home study will be in compliance with Ohio laws and Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services regulations. It will be completed by a licensed social worker who is  a certified assessor. You do not have to be open to special needs to use our home study services.

  • Home Study Update


    All Ohio home studies are required to be updated every two years if the potential adoptive family still is wishing to pursue an adoption.

  • Home Study Addendum

    Will not exceed $100 based on the reason for the addendum.

     Home studies need to have an addendum completed due to change in circumstances in the home or with the family.

  • Home Study Transfer


    A home study completed by another adoption agency in Ohio may be transferred to Special Angels Adoption.

  • Home Study Sharing Fee


    Special Angels Adoption will send a completed home study and supporting documents to any licensed agency, public foster care agency, or attorney at your written request for no fee, if it can be sent electronically. Fee only applies if a hard copy must be mailed.

  • Large Family Assessment 


    This is an additional assessment for those families who have 4 or more children living in their home.

  • Court Report


     If Special Angels Adoption completed the post placement visits and the adoption is being finalized in Ohio, some counties will require a court report to be completed by the home study agency prior to finalization.

  • Post Placement (Pre-Finalization Visit) 

    $250- Per Visit

    After a child is placed in your home, Ohio requires that a social worker visit your home and write a report. If finalization will occur in Ohio, then six of these visits will be required. If finalization will occur in another state, that state law will determine how many monthly visits will be required.
    Mileage may charged in some circumstances.

  • Training


    We will provide the required training hours for families using our home study services or we can help you find this training in your area.

  • Other Fees

    Fees Vary

    There may be additional fees that are associated with the home study process. These fees would be paid to another entity. This includes, but not limited to, FBI/BCI clearances, well inspection, medical exams, and vet checks. 

Special Angels does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, cultural background, ancestry, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual identity or orientation, and/or military status.

Special Angels Adoption is part of the Marlee Factor Foundation. The Marlee Factor Foundation www.marleefactorfoundation.org is recognized as a 501c3 by the IRS. This organization supports our mission and will allow us to accept donations to help us continue our mission. ​

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