What is a Homestudy?

A homestudy is an official document that a family adoption worker prepares to demonstrate that your family is ready and qualified to adopt a foster child. The homestudy process consists of home visits and interviews. You will also be asked to complete pre-adoptive orientations and classes.

While the homestudy process differs from state to state, families are usually asked to provide:

Background Check(s)
Health History/Medical Exam
Financial Statements
Personal References

To inquire about children on the NWAE, you must have a completed adoption homestudy.

Need a homestudy?

  • Contact public or private adoption agencies in your area. State public agencies are often free; private agencies charge a fee. For agency lists, browse our How to Adopt section.

  • Learn about pre-adoptive trainings required by your state. Visit classes for more information, or visit AdoptUSKids for national listings and state-specific guidelines.

  • Read in detail about the homestudy process at the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Some agencies may not be able to help you adopt out-of-state children. Be sure to ask!

Completed a homestudy?

  • Ask to review your finished homestudy (if permitted by your agency). Some states will allow you to submit your own homestudy when inquiring on children.

  • Keep your homestudy current. Homestudies are generally 'good' for two years and then require updating. If your homestudy needs an update, please contact your adoption agency.

Now you're ready!

View waiting children from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

Still have questions? We can help.

Contact us anytime at 1.800.927.9411 or nwae@nwresource.org.

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