One of the questions that families often ask is “How long does a home study take?”
This timeline will help give you an estimate of how long it takes most families to complete the paperwork and for the process of the home study.
Please remember this is only an estimate. We cannot predict changes that may occur beyond our control or the amount of time a family takes to complete their portion of the home study requirements or documents.
The actual visit in your home and face to face interviews are often thought of as the home study. However, that is, in fact, about 25% of the home study process. It is important to remember that a home study is an investigation of your family to determine your fitness to parent an adopted child. It may help you to gain a better understanding of it just to know that USCIS terms it as a family assessment. Small World adoption professionals will assess your family after extensive investigation and issue their professional opinion of your fitness to parent an adopted child in a narrative document commonly known as a home study.
|Application and Dossier Preparation|
|Application & Fee – Family||1 week|
|Application – Agency Review||1 week|
|Provisional Approval – Agency Director||2 Days|
|Home Study Contract & Fees||1 Day|
|Home Study Paperwork||2-3 weeks|
|Background Investigation||1 month|
|Home visit and face to face interviews||2 days|
|Agency organization of data and writing the study||1 week|
|Total Time for the Home Study||2-3 MONTHS|
Fees and Costs table is located in the Services Agreement (contract) and country specific fees and costs are on each country page of our website under the menu item of adoption. Please review them on our home page.
Payment must accompany submission of application