Hawaii International Child (HIC) can complete your home study for nearly any adoption you may be considering. We are experienced in all areas of adoptions. Currently, HIC is licensed to complete home studies in Hawaii. If you are an HIC client living in another state, HIC will refer you to another agency in your area. If you are an HIC client living in Hawaii, HIC will be happy to complete your home study. You may also look into www.1800Homestudy.com, a national home study referral network.

What is a home study?

A home study is a process that results in a report. The purpose of a home study is twofold:

  1. It is designed to inform prospective parents about the adoption process.
  2. It provides valuable information about the adoptive applicant to those who are responsible for the welfare of the child.

All home studies require the following:

  1. A completed HIC adoption application form with attachments
  2. Successful completion of all state and/or federal and/or international clearances. These include criminal record check and FBI check (in some cases), medical clearance, proof of financial status, proof of identity, and references.
  3. A minimum of two visits with our social workers. One visit is usually at our offices and one is at your home. For an additional fee, we can conduct both visits in your home.

Types of home studies:

The two most common kinds of home studies are described below. If your specific adoption differs from these, please call us and we will be happy to see how we can help.

Domestic Private Adoption Home Study Services

You are planning to work with an attorney and/or birth mother in the private placement of a child. HIC will complete all state required clearances, interviews and paperwork for the home study, which is acceptable for your adoption regardless of where in the United States the final adoption petition is filed.

Home studies are valid for one year, after which, an update may be available through HIC. Update fees are nominal. If there has been any change in circumstances since the first home study, a home visit would be required and an additional fee would be assessed.

We will be happy to work with your child placing agency or attorney in the completion of your home study report.

International Adoption Home Study Services

You are planning to adopt a child internationally using an agency other than Hawaii International Child for the placement. Your HIC home study will be acceptable in most countries. Check with your adoption agency before applying for the home study. Some countries require that home studies be completed by approved agencies only.

Home studies are valid for one year, after which, an update may be available through HIC. Update fees are nominal. If there has been any change in circumstances since the first home study, a home visit would be required and an additional fee would be assessed.

Once we have completed your home study, we will forward copies to you, your placing agent, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service). Your placing agency will assist in completing all required USCIS documentation. Please note that your USCIS approval is valid for 18 months, and your USCIS fingerprint clearance is valid for 15 months.

Some countries may require that home study reports and other required documents be less than one year or six months old at the time of submission. HIC will work with your placing agent to ensure the highest quality service.

As a Council on Accreditation (COA) approved adoption agency, HIC requires all international home study clients to complete a ten-hour on-line adoption training course. Details will be provided to you as needed.