The HOMESTUDY is a process and an assessment tool used to determine your capabilities as adoptive parents.
The Home Study Report should reflect compliance with USCIS guidelines as well as the significant life factors that may influence your ability to parent a child through adoption (e.g. motivation for adoption, family background, marital stability, financial stability, etc.) It serves as an important tool in effectively selecting and matching a child with you.
RESOURCES FOR LIFE DOES NOT GUARANTEE APPROVAL OF A HOMESTUDY UPON COMPLETION.
The following are required to complete the HOMESTUDY:
- Joint office interview with male and female applicants.
- Individual interview with each applicant.
- One or more home visits.
- Interviews with other members of the adoptive home.
Required supporting documents:
- Completed home study questionnaire by each applicant.
- Applicants’ family background.
- Financial Sheet, including the following:
- Income Tax Returns of last 3 years
- Latest Bank/Credit Union statements
- Life Insurance Policies
- Property Assessments
- Other proof of financial stability
- Completed moral and criminal reports
- Dept. of Human Services for Child Abuse & Neglect in Hawaii as well as in every State/Country the applicant has resided since his/her 18th birthday
- Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center for Criminal Conviction Records
- FBI clearance
- Six (6) references (3 relatives and 3 non-relatives)
Four (4) original copies of the Home Study Report (on RESOURCES FOR LIFE letterhead and notarized) are prepared for submission to the Intercountry Adoption Board (as part of the Applicants’ Dossier), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), for your own file and for the RESOURCES FOR LIFE’s case file.
The Home Study Report submitted to the USCIS should not be for 6 months old. Othewise, a Home Study Update should be completed prior to submission.