Prospective Parents


**Currently our list of approved families for domestic adoption is full and we are not accepting new prospective parent applications at this time.**


Small World’s domestic adoption program is primarily infant adoption. Our Christian mission is a response to James 1:27 and seeks loving Christian couples to adopt every baby we are entrusted with. Children surrendered to Small World by their biological mothers are assured of a loving permanent family through the blessing of adoption.

Small World conducts a thorough homestudy investigation and training of every prospective adoptive family who applies to Small World. Background searches, medicals, psychological exams, parenting training, and in depth interviews are completed on every applicant. Only those who are completely qualified are approved and added to the list of waiting families at Small World.

The birthmothers depending on Small World are counseled and assisted by our professional staff. These services are paid for by the couples matched with the birthmother. Our financial system is a time plus expense billing system. Couples will be asked to pay a nonrefundable fee to register their profile in the Small World domestic program (the profile book is shared with birth mothers in the Small World program).

Prospective Adoptive Parents will be asked to pay a nonrefundable program fee of $6,000 at the time their profile is complete. Prospective Adoptive Parents will be asked to establish a billing account of $5,000 with Small World at the time they are matched with a birth mother that will be accessed to pay for the services provided to the birth mother.

The couple accepts a match with a birth mother during her final trimester. When allowed by law the birth mother’s reasonable living expenses are covered during the 3rd trimester and one month following the birth of the child. A Placement Fee of $18,000 will be charged the day the child is placed in the care of the family.

This placement event is immediately after the birth mother’s revocation period has expired. In TN the birth parent surrendering their parental rights has 3 days, by law to change their mind and if they do not revoke their surrender within the 3 days it becomes final forever.

For any further questions concerning our Domestic program please contact the Domestic Program Director Jim Savley at



The age requirement for our Domestic program is that each applicant must be at least 22 years old.


Small World requires an income of $10,000 per family member including your prospective adopted child.


Our Domestic program does not place any restrictions on how many children are in the home, but it is subject to your Home Study investigation.

Marital Status

Married heterosexual couples who have been married for at least 2 years and single heterosexual females only may apply to adopt from Small World’s Domestic program.


In accordance with Small World’s mission statement, our Domestic program is open to Christian families only.

Post Placement Visits

The state of TN, GA, and MO require 2 post placement visits.

For further information, please contact Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services at

More information on the statistics of Small World’s program is available upon request, including the number of adoption placements per year, number of applicants per year, and number of children eligible for adoption. Please contact the Program Director via the info form to the right of this page if you wish to receive to discuss this information.


Fees for Domestic adoption paid to Small World:

Application $250
Home Study $1,750
Hourly Billing Rate $145
Profile $2,500
Placement Fee $18,000
Post Placement Report (per report) $400

Birth Mother’s reasonable living expenses:

$0 – $8,000

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $30,000 – $32,000


Payment Schedule

Application Fee Payment must accompany submission of application.
Services Agreement The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World as the next step after the client’s application has been accepted by Small World. No payment with the Services Agreement is required.
Home Study Fee Payment must be submitted prior to the initiation of Home Study services. The Home Study packet will not be sent and work will not begin until the Home Study fee is paid. Payments for updates are due at the time services are requested. For families residing outside of TN, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Home Study Review Fee All Home Studies are reviewed by our professional reviewers. If your Home Study is prepared by an agency other than Small World, a Home Study review fee of $200 is due at the time Small World enters into a contractual agreement with your Home Study provider.




Hourly rates for services

This stage is the preparation and publication of the Prospective Parents’ profile in the  Small World Parent Book in all our offices.  The fee also covers our ongoing presentation of the profile to birth mothers who apply to Small World for help choosing a Christian family to adopt their child.


Once matched with a birth mother, the family will establish a $5,000 billing account with Small World. Counseling and other services provided to the birth parents are billed against the billing account at $145 per hour. The balance of the billing account, after all bills have been paid, invoices satisfied, and the court issues the final decree of adoption, will be refunded to the adoptive family.

Surrender/Termination Due at the time of placement.
Placement Fee Fee Due at the time of placement.
Post Placement Reports There is no charge for the first two placement reports when Small World is the placing agency. Should additional reports be required, each report will be billed at $400 per report, per child, and will be due prior to scheduling the report visit.
PPR Processing Fee Post Placement Reports prepared by agencies other than Small World require a processing fee of $100 per report. PPR processing fees for all reports are due at the time of placement.


**Not all adoptive couples will qualify for the Adoption Tax Credit. Please consult your accountant or the IRS for a complete list of requirements.