Carolina Adoption Services (CAS) is fully licensed and accredited to provide adoption home study services in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. We have an experienced and knowledgeable home study services team in our offices as well as many social workers across each of our accredited states. You will be assigned a social worker living close by to you, who will be available for questions and support throughout your pre-placement.
Families living in other states who are seeking an adoptive placement through CAS will need to work with a licensed agency in their state. Our staff will be happy to assist you in locating a qualified home study provider in your state. In some types of cases, the family must work with a home study agency that is COA and/or Hague accredited. A list of Hague-accredited agencies nationwide has been made available by the US Department of State. This may be viewed by clicking here. If two agencies are involved with your adoption, be sure to give each agency the contact information for the other agency as soon as possible in your adoption process.
Is a home study required?
A home study is required anytime an individual or family plans to adopt a child either internationally or domestically. The home study must meet the requirements of the state in which the family resides and, in international adoption cases, must also meet the requirements of US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State. CAS is very knowledgeable about state and federal requirements and is highly experienced in working with those agencies on your behalf.
What services does CAS provide?
CAS is available to provide services to families working towards an adoptive placement through CAS as well as through other placing agencies and entities. CAS has the expertise to conduct international as well as domestic adoption home studies. Stepparent and relative adoption report services are also available.
What can I expect during my home study?
While the home study is partly an evaluative process to determine a family’s appropriateness and readiness for adoption, the home study is also an enriching and educational process. The home study provides opportunities for families to meet with an experienced, professional social worker and to carefully explore the issues of adoptive parenthood. This is also a chance to examine the choices prospective adoptive families must consider relating to such issues as country choice, age of the child, medical issues, and more. CAS will work with each family to explore their strengths, limitations and personal resources to ensure that adoption is in the best interests of both the child and the family.
CAS believes that preparation is critical to a successful adoption and to long-term adoptive parenting. The agency will provide educational services to families in our program. Adoption is a lifelong process and CAS will work to ensure that every family is prepared and supported as they begin the adoption journey.
What is included in the home study?
As part of the home study process, prospective adoptive parents will provide documentation such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, health certification and criminal background checks. Personal, family and employment references will also be gathered. Families will be provided with a complete list of all required documentation before beginning the home study process. The home study typically consists of 4-6 interviews with the family, including an individual interview with each applicant. At least one interview must take place in the family’s home. Most home studies are completed in about three months. That allows time for the scheduling of family interviews, for the gathering of documents, and for the writing, review, formatting and delivery of the home study to all appropriate parties.