Home Study Services

Whether you are pursuing a domestic, international, or relative adoption, a home study is essential. This is an evaluative and preparative process that is required by states, USCIS and the country you hope to adopt from. With more than 110 years of providing adoption services, we’ll help break it down for you and explain each step.  

We know home study is just the start, and our community events, trainings, groups and therapeutic services remain available to you throughout your family’s life.  

To learn more about completing your home study with us, email info@spence-chapin.org, call 212-400-8150 or join us for one of our upcoming webinars. We look forward to getting to know your family. 


Within 100 miles of New York City 

  • Domestic, international and kinship/relative home studies completed in as little as 2-3 months
  • Guidance through all required documentation and clearances
  • Individual/in person meetings to support you through this process
  • Pre-adoption consultations and training
  • Coordination of services with your attorney, placement agency or primary provider
  • Access to Adoption Finance Coaching throughout your adoption process

Domestic Adoption

  • Domestic home studies completed for families residing in New York or New Jersey
  • Coordination with your attorney or placement agency
  • Individualized guidance with a case management and social work team
  • Preparation for adoptive parenthood through education and training
  • Support in identifying local resources to support your future child’s social, emotional, academic and developmental needs 
  • Post-placement & post-adoption visits and reports

International Adoption

  • Home studies completed for all countries offering intercountry adoption 
  • Coordination with your primary provider to ensure your home study meets statefederal and country requirements  
  • FREE 11-hour live international adoption trainings for families completing their home study with Spence-Chapin 
  • Help identifying local resources to support your future child’s social, emotional, academic and developmental needs 
  • An understanding of the unique adjustment needs of families adopting relative children 
  • Post-adoption visits and reports 

Kinship & Relative International Adoption

Spence-Chapin is proud to be able to assist families who are looking to adopt their relatives or children who are known to them. We know that the kinship adoption process can seem daunting at first. We have supported many families pursuing this unique adoption pathway and bring a special understanding of the adjustment needs of families adopting relative children. 

In partnership with your family and primary provider agency, we will support you in ensuring that your home study meets all the requirements of the state in which you live, the country where your relative resides and USCIS. Our services extend beyond the initial home study assessment, and we are here to support you in your post placement or post adoption requirements, ensuring a smooth integration of the child into your home and providing ongoing support throughout your adoption and beyond. 

For families who reside in New Jersey or New York (within 100 miles of NYC), and who are seeking the adoption of a relative child or a child who is known to them from Jamaica or the Eastern Carribean, we are excited to announce that we are able to serve as both your home study agency and primary provider. Learn more about this full-service program here. 

Financial Coaching for your adoption

Spence-Chapin has partnered with the experts at Your Adoption Finance Coach to provide our families with free access to experts, tools and content that can take the worry out of financing your adoption. This service is available at no additional cost to families. Free financial coaching is available to families once an application has been received and approved for one of our adoption programs, including our domestic and international home study services! Please contact us to learn more.

Hague accredited services


As a Hague accredited agency, Spence-Chapin provides home study services that follow the guidelines of the Hague Convention on International Adoption. We have provided the below information to help you learn more as you explore our services and your next steps. 

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