Steps to Adoption

1. Start Your Florida Home Study

You can begin the home study while you are still in the decision making process. You will need to collect documents for your home study such as background clearances and employment verification. A complete list of documents can be found on the Domestic Adoption or International Adoption pages. We can schedule your home visit and start completing background checks while you are deciding which adoption route is the best option for your family.

2. Select your adoption agency for an international adoption, adoption agency or attorney for domestic adoptions

Sunshine State Adoption and Home study services is a stated licensed, nonprofit adoption agency. In compliance with Florida State Statutes, Sunshine State Adoption and Home Study Services is legally able to provide home study and post adoption services for any adoption agency you select. If you have already selected your attorney or agency, we will be happy to work with them. We can also help guide you in the selection process if you do not have an agency.

3. Finish your home study

4. Complete your dossier for international adoption or your profile for a domestic adoption

If you are adopting domestically, you will need to make a family profile book to submit to your agency or attorney along with your home study. We will be happy to provide guidance and will review your adoption profile book before you finalize it.

5. Apply for United States Citizenship and immigration approval

We will help you with this after your home study and dossier are completed. If you are adopting from a Hague Convention Country you will fill out form I 800-A, which can be found at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. If you are adopting from a non Hague Convention Country, you will fill out form I 600-A, which can be found on the US Citizens and Immigration Services webpage, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. Your adoption agency will also give you directions and help you fill out these forms.

6. Receive your referral of a child or a match with a birth mother

If you are adopting from a Hague Convention Country you will fill out form I 800-A, which can be found at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services webpageApplication for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. If you are adopting from a non Hague Convention Country, you will fill out form I 600-A, which can be found on the US Citizens and Immigration Services webpageApplication for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. Your adoption agency will also give you directions and help you fill out these forms.

7. Bring your child home

8. Complete post placement or post adoption visits

A post placement/adoption visit is a visit with your family after your child is home. We are not there to evaluate your parenting skills! This is the fun part where you get to share the joys of having a child in your home. We will ask you about your child’s personality, health, daily routine, and bonding and write a report about your child, which will be submitted to the country your child was adopted from. This is an opportunity to ask your social worker questions about your child’s bonding and any other child development questions you might have. You will need two or three post placement reports for a domestic adoption. Each country has its own requirements for post placement reports when you are home. On average, most countries require from two to four post placement reports.

Heads up…

If you are completing an international adoption, you will be prepare a dossier (this is a French word, which means a collection of documents about someone or something), under the guidance of your primary provider, or international adoption agency.