Adoption Home Study Checklist

The home study process can be overwhelming for some parents, but Binti has created the following adoption home study checklist to help you prepare.

Note that state-by-state regulations may slightly vary; however, the following home study checklist should provide broad coverage for the types of documents and clearances you’ll need. If there are any safety concerns, your social worker will typically inform you about the issue and give you a chance to fix them before finishing the home study.

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Documents

  • Autobiographical statement
  • Parenting plan statement
  • Driver’s license(s)
  • Birth certificate(s) of everyone who lives in your home
  • Social security card
  • Marriage certificate if applicable
  • Divorce decree(s) if applicable
  • Military discharge(s) if applicable
  • Past adoption decree(s) if applicable
  • Green card(s) if applicable
  • Financial information
    • Latest income tax return and tax returns for the last 2-3 years
    • Verification of employment (most recent pay stub, letter from your employer, or a statement stating that you are not working)
    • Proof of insurance: (home, health, life, auto)
  • Physician statement(s) of health status for applicants and everyone living in the home
  • Immunization records
  • Passport(s) if adopting internationally
  • Pet vaccination records if applicable

Clearances

  • Criminal background check
  • Child abuse and neglect clearances for every state/country you’ve lived in for at least the past 5 years (if applicable – depends on country you are adopting from)
  • FBI clearance
  • Sex offender clearance

Household Items and Safety Considerations

  • First-aid kit
  • Working carbon monoxide detector
  • Working smoke detectors on every floor and near or in the child’s room
  • Medications, vitamins, cleaning products, other toxic substances out of child’s reach
  • Screen covering a fireplace or wood stove
  • Covered kitchen trash
  • Fire extinguisher near the cooking area of the home
  • Covered outlets
  • Gates for stairs
  • Windows have secure screens and locks
  • Household heating equipment has appropriate safeguards
  • Fencing around swimming pool or pools of water
  • Hot tub has a locked top
  • Emergency telephone numbers visible
  • Evacuation floor plans available
  • Firearms in locked container with ammunition stored in a separate locked container

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