Adoption Home Study
WE SPECIALIZE IN ADOPTIVE PARENT PREPARATION, WHICH INCLUDES THE HOME STUDY AND GUIDING YOU THROUGH YOUR MANY OPTIONS WITH DOMESTIC INFANT ADOPTION.
If you complete a Home Study with us, you will have the highest level of approval in Texas and will have all necessary clearances needed to comply with ICPC (necessary if you leave the state of Texas to obtain placement in another state). We also release your Adoption Home Study to you and encourage you to sign up with other entities for matching purposes.
45 Years of Combined Experience
WE HAVE OVER 45 YEARS OF COMBINED ADOPTION EXPERIENCE AND CAN GUIDE AND ADVISE YOU THROUGHOUT YOUR ADOPTION ENDEAVOR. THIS IS A GREAT BENEFIT TO COMPLETING AN ADOPTION HOME STUDY WITH US!
Importantly, if you become a client of Little Flower Adoptions and have an approved Home Study through our agency, you have continued access to Kris Miller, Executive Director, and her highly tenured staff. We will consult with you and answer your questions throughout your road to adoption. We always want you to touch base with us before you proceed with an adoption opportunity with another matching entity.
Your file will be maintained with Little Flower Adoptions during the time you have approval as an adoptive parent. We can assist you with any match or placement either inside (please see Identified Adoption information) or outside the State of Texas. LFA can be retained to accept the ICPC responsibility and help an interstate adoptive placement go smoothly.
Home Study Steps
COMPLETE AN APPLICATION, GATHER SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION, COMPLETE INTERVIEWS AND THE HOME VISIT.
The steps to obtaining an Adoption Home Study with us consist of completing an Application and gathering required support documentation, such as references, financial information, and physical exam documentation. After all required paperwork is submitted to the agency, we move quickly to process the information (usually completed within 2 business days) and set you up with an Adoption Specialist to conduct the interview portions and home visit.
WE CAN COMPLETE YOUR HOME STUDY AS FAST AS YOU PREFER. It all depends on how quickly you complete the paperwork and obtain clearances (fingerprinting)! We can finish your Home Study report 10 days after the home visit, as long as all information has been received, including clearances.
We charge a $750 Application fee and a $750 home visit fee, making our total Adoption Home Study fee commitment $1,500. We are able to cover the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin/San Antonio, West Texas/Lubbock, Amarillo, El Paso and Houston areas. We have social workers who will travel to other areas of the state, as well. Travel fees may be assessed for certain areas and will be quoted on a case-by-case basis.
Per Texas law and licensing standards, if you do not have a placement within 12 months of completing the Adoption Home Study, you will need an Adoption Home Study Update. At that time, you do not complete a new Application. You only pay $400 for a Home Study Update (and any applicable travel fees, since this requires a new home visit and interviews) and update some of the paperwork, such as references and physicals.
LFA can also be retained (fee required) to receive the ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children) responsibility and assist with the interstate process to gain approval to return to Texas with the baby. Post-Placement Supervision will be required upon your return. Our fee is $350/per home visit-report. The amount of post-placement visits needed will depend on what type of placement you completed and in which state the placement occurred. You can expect anywhere from 1–6 post-placement home visits-reports being required after placement.
Please feel free to contact us for an Application or for any further information. We would be happy to begin working with you on your adoption endeavors.