Domestic Home Study Paperwork Checklist
The following documents are needed to complete your home study. Please keep a copy of all documents for your records. Please mail your completed documents to our office or give them to your social worker during your home visit.
This is a form supplied by our agency. Please fill it out and return to Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services at 1344 Vassar St., Orlando, FL 32804. Please make sure you fill out both pages. Include all family members, including yourself and your spouse, on the second page.
2. Local Background Check
Go to your local police department or sheriff’s department and ask for a notarized or certified copy of a local background check. This is needed for anyone 18 or older in the home.
Please use the attached medical form. This is needed for anyone 18 or older in the home.
Please use the attached medical form. This is needed for any children living in the home.
6. A photocopy of your most recent tax return.
7. An Employment Letter
An employment letter signed by your supervisor stating your name, position, full-time or part-time, length of employment and current salary. The letter will need to be notarized. If you are self-employed, your CPA can write the notarized letter.
One letter can be from a family member. If you are married, you can choose references of people that know you as a couple. Reference letters do not need to be notarized. The references can give you the letters in a sealed envelope or they can be mailed to the office.
10. Photocopies of birth, marriage & divorce decrees.
14. Arrest and/or Criminal History Disposition
If you have been arrested for any reason or have a criminal history, at any age, even if the charges have been dismissed, sealed or expunged, the criminal history will need to be addressed in the home study. Your fingerprints will be submitted to the FBI for clearance.
If you have an arrest record or any type of criminal history, call the Clerk of the Court in the county or municipality where the arrest or offense took place, and request a certified copy of the official disposition or a certified letter stating the court no longer have the records on file.