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Written by Family Connections
on August 11, 2023

family with sunset Congratulations on deciding to build your family through adoption.  You are embarking on a wonderful journey that will begin with a home study investigation and end with the joy of a child.  To be eligible to adopt a child domestically or internationally, you must successfully complete a home study investigation.


If you are choosing to adopt from the United States (domestic adoption) your home study must be conducted by an authorized/licensed adoption agency in your state of residence.  Family Connections, Inc. is an authorized adoption agency that provides home study services for families throughout New York State- Cortland, Syracuse, Binghamton, Rochester, Albany, Watertown, Ithaca, Elmira, New York City, Long Island and all towns in between.  


If you are choosing to adopt a child from a foreign country (international or inter-country adoption) your home study must be conducted by an adoption agency that is authorized/licensed in your state of residence and that has achieved Hague Accreditation.  Family Connections, Inc. is an authorized adoption agency that is Hague Accredited.  The agency provides Primary Provider Services for families adopting from Belize, Bulgaria, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica and Pakistan. We also provide home study and post-adoption supervision services for families adopting from any foreign country.


 The Purpose of the Home Study Investigation Is:


  • To ensure that an adopted child would be safe and nurtured in your home.
The home study provider will investigate your family to ensure that you comply with all state, federal, and inter-country requirements for adoptive parents.  This investigation will include: child abuse/neglect history reviews; state and federal criminal history reports; medical examinations; verification of income, assets, and liabilities; references; proof of birth and marriage; autobiographies; adoption questionnaires;  and adoption training.  In addition, an adoption social worker will conduct face-to-face interviews with the prospective adoptive parents and any other members of the household.  The social worker will also inspect your home to ensure that it meets safety requirements for a child.
  • To prepare you for the addition of a child to your family through adoption.

Your social worker will discuss with you such things as: child development; post-institutional affect; developmental delays and available services; attachment; trans-racial/trans-cultural adoption issues; separation and loss; life-long family and child adoption development; the importance of honoring your child's birth parents; how to nurture an open adoption relationship; etc.  In addition, your social worker will refer you to adoption training opportunities, adoption literature, adoption support groups, and other on-line resources for adoptive parents.  The better informed and prepared you are to become adoptive parents the greater success the child and you with experience.


  • To understand your adoption plan and the essence of who you and your family are so that your adoption results in a "good fit" for the child.
Your social worker needs to have a full understanding of your adoption plan --age of child, gender of child, ethnicity of child, special needs of child, country from which you are adopting, etc. to ensure that the right child is placed within your family.  Your home study will approve you to adopt a specific type of child (e.g. gender, age, ethnicity) and to adopt from a specific country (e.g. United States, Belize, Pakistan).  In addition, it is important for your social worker to capture the spirit of your family so that the persons responsible for the placement of your child knows who you are and that this child is the right child for your unique family.
At the successful conclusion of your home study investigation, you will be approved as prospective adoptive parents and begin your journey to a child.  
Family Connections, Inc. is an authorized New York State adoption agency that has achieved Hague Accreditation. The Agency provides home study services for families adopting domestically and internationally.  The Agency also provides Primary Provider Services for families adopting from Belize, Bulgaria, Honduras, Hungary, Jamaica and Pakistan.  We would be pleased to support your adoption plan.   Please contact us at 607-756-6574  or info@adoptfamilyconnections.org 
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