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An adoption home study is a service that involves you and your social worker.
Nightlight requires that any family adopting through one of our international programs have their home study completed by a Hague accredited agency, even if the adoption is from a non-Hague country. Many high-quality agencies have chosen not to seek Hague accreditation. But we believe a home study is such an important part of the adoption process that every effort should be made to obtain home study services from agencies who have successfully met and maintain the higher standards of the Hague.
Home Study Only Services
Nightlight Christian Adoptions is delighted to provide home study only services for adopting families working with a separate adoption agency program. Additionally, if you are adopting with our Snowflake program, Nightlight can travel to you for the family assessment. This is a great option if you do not live near an adoption agency that can provide an embryo adoption home study. This service is available to clients throughout the US and worldwide.
Nightlight is able to do your home study, even if you are an American living in another country. We will send a social worker to where you live!
Adoption Home Study Education
Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to having well-educated adoptive families. Adoption education does not begin with your adoption process and end with the placement of your child. Education is an ongoing process. For information about the Nightlight expectations for families completing a home study or adoption through our agency please view the following:
- Domestic Adoption Education: Required and Recommended Reading
- International Adoption Education: Required and Recommended Reading
- Embryo Adoption Education: Required and Recommended Reading
For embryo adoptive families, visit the Embryo Adoption Webinar page for other helpful educational resources.
Adoption Home Study Time Frame
Most home studies can be completed within two to three months. However, at times they take longer to complete (perhaps as long as six months) because the family may take more time to gather paperwork or complete their education. Additionally, sometimes certain child abuse clearances or criminal clearances take longer to receive. This is especially true for those adopting from a Hague country. On the other hand, sometimes there are circumstances (especially in domestic adoptions) in which a home study must be completed in a shorter period of time. Please contact our experts to discuss time frames in more detail.