International Home Study Paperwork Checklist
The following documents are needed to complete your home study. You will most likely need the original copies for your international adoption. You may provide photocopies to Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services. Please mail your completed documents to our office or give them to your social worker during your home visit.
All items requiring notarization need to have the full notary oath written on them or the Secretary of State will not certify or apostille them. The full notary oath consists of the notary’s signature, stamp, county, state, date, and how the person signing the form is known the notary. The notary can either write personally known to me or produced driver’s license number for identification. If the documents are not notarized correctly, the Secretary of State will send them back to you to be notarized again. Here is a link for samples of notary wording http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notsam97.html
This is a form supplied by our agency. Please fill it out and return to Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services at1344 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.
Fill it out and send it to the address on the form with a check. The results will be sent directly back to Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services. This is needed for anyone 18 and older in the home.
3. 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.
Your adoption agency will either give you a form to fill out or you can use this form. The doctor’s signature will need to be notarized. This is needed for anyone 18 or older in the home.
Your adoption agency will either give you a form to fill out or you can use this 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.
The form is attached. If your adoption agency asks you to fill out a different form, you can use their form and make a copy for Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services.
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. Please collect your reference letters in sealed envelopes and give them to your social worker during your home visit.
10. Photocopies of Birth, Marriage & Divorce Decrees
You can order State Certified copies of these documents for your dossier from www.vitalchek.com. Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services will accept any copy you have, but you will most likely need State Certified copies for your international adoption.
This form will be signed by you and your chosen guardians.
This is needed for anyone 18 years or older in the home.
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. The Department of Homeland Security conducts background checks as a part of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services process, and they see all prior history.
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.