Most home studies require the following basic forms and documents.  It is important to note that this is a general list, and that requirements vary according to your state, the agency or agencies involved in your adoption, and the country you are adopting from. This list can be a helpful guide for getting organized as you begin your process.

Documents Checklist

Birth certificates for every family living in your home
Marriage certificate(s)
Divorce decree(s)
Recent color photo of each member of the family
Recent color photo of the exterior of the home, front and back
Military discharge (if applicable)
Pet shot records from Veterinarian
Proof of life insurance coverage
Proof of health insurance coverage
Proof of car insurance (Virginia Only)
Most recent tax return