Home Study Services

A home study is one of the first steps in beginning your adoption journey! All families adopting, either through Spence-Chapin or another organization or attorney, need to complete a home study. With more than 100 years of experience in adoption, we know how to support adoptive families, birth families, and adoptees! Spence-Chapin’s home study services provide adoptive families with the expertise, professionalism, and support of an entire adoption team.

Spence-Chapin provides home study services to any family pursuing a Domestic or International adoption that resides within 100 miles of New York City in New York or New Jersey and to families adopting through our domestic and international adoption programs.

Expert Home Study Services May Include:

  • Domestic and international home studies completed in 2-4 months
  • Kinship/relative adoption
  • Coordination of services with your placement provider (organization or attorney)
  • Customized parent preparation and training
  • All needed documentation and clearances for pre-certification and approval
  • Pre-and Post adoption support services

Counties Served

Spence-Chapin offers home study services to families living within 100 miles of New York City in New York and New Jersey including the counties listed below. Families living within the listed counties, but outside of 100 miles from NYC may be subject to a travel fee.

New York City
  • Manhattan
  • Bronx
  • Queens
  • Kings/Brooklyn
  • Richmond/Staten Island
Hudson Valley
  • Rockland
  • Westchester
  • Putnam
  • Orange
  • Dutchess
New Jersey
  • Middlesex
  • Union
  • Essex
  • Bergen
  • Morris
  • Somerset
  • Monmouth
  • Hudson
  • Passaic
Long Island
  • Nassau
  • Suffolk

Domestic Adoption Home study

Families pursuing domestic infant adoption often explore two paths: an organization or independent/attorney adoption. Spence-Chapin has provided home studies for hundreds of families adopting independently and we have the expertise to work with you and your adoption attorney. We provide domestic home studies for organization or independent (attorney) adoptions. Spence-Chapin provides home study and support services as you work closely with the attorney to navigate the legal process of adoption.

Spence-Chapin can provide recommendations for reputable adoption attorneys in the NYC area. Overall, Spence-Chapin recommends working with an experienced adoption attorney, preferably a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Read more about domestic home studies with Spence-Chapin on our blog.

Ready to begin the domestic adoption home study process? Submit the free home study application today!

International Adoption Home study

Spence-Chapin has international adoption programs in South Africa, Colombia and Bulgaria. If you are considering international adoption from another country, Spence-Chapin can provide international home studies to families in the New York City area. Our home studies are of the highest caliber, and meet the highest legal regulations set for international adoption.

To move forward with the home study process, you will need to first be connected to a U.S. Based Hague Accredited Primary Provider. This is required due to the Universal Accreditation Act. A primary provider is a Hague Accredited Agency in the United States that is responsible for your international adoption. We recommend reviewing potential through IAAME or the National Council on Adoption. Our team may also be able to make a primary provider recommendation – give us a call!

The U.S. State Department oversees all inter-country adoption to the United States. Visit their website to learn about international adoption for all American parents.

Ready to begin the international adoption home study process? Submit the free home study application today!


“We could not have been happier with our experience with Spence-Chapin. The entire staff is incredible, and we feel so lucky to be part of the Spence-Chapin family.”

“The people at Spence-Chapin are professionals. You can count on them for the expertise and organization you need in a completing your home study. Truly A+. And they’ve been doing it a very long time.”

“Overall, Spence-Chapin home study service was excellent. Our social worker was knowledgeable and it really felt like she had our best interests at heart throughout the process. Spence-Chapin has made what could have been a very stressful time much easier through their resources and communication.”

“Spence-Chapin is wonderful! They’re friendly, informative, responsive, and encouraging. Their programs and resources are impressive. I highly recommend them.”

“We had a great experience with Spence Chapin’s home study. Our social worker was knowledgeable, non-judgmental, and helpful in answering all of our questions.”

“Thank you, Spence Chapin, for helping our three baby girls find their way home.”