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
1. Child Abuse Clearance
Child Abuse Clearance Form
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. Florida Dept Of Law Enforcement Check
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.
4. Medical Report
Medical Report Form
Please use the attached medical form. The doctor’s signature will need to be notarized. This is needed for anyone 18 or older in the home.
5. A Photocopy of your most recent tax return.
6. An Employment Letter
Signed by your supervisor stating your name, position, fill-time or part-time status, length of employment, projected annual salary for the current year, and probability of future employment. The letter will need to be notarized. If you are self-employed, your CPA can write the notarized letter.
7. Financial Statement
Financial Report Form
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.
8. Five Letters Of Reference
Reference Letter Guidelines
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.
9. Photocopies of birth, marriage and divorce decrees.
You can order State Certified copies of these documents for your dossier from 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.
10. Guardianship Statement
This form will be signed by you and any other chosen guardians.
11. Affidavit of Good Moral Character
Affadavit of Good Moral Character and Addendum
This is needed for anyone 18 years or older in the home.
12. Confidential Home Study Inventory
HS Inventory Forms
13. Arrest Disposition
If you have been arrested for any reason, at any age, even if the charges have been dismissed, sealed or expunged, the arrest 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, call the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the arrest took place and ask for a certified copy of your arrest disposition or a certified letter stating they no longer have the records on file.
Download the Home Study Paperwork Checklist in PDF format.
International Adoptions, I-600A Form:
US Citizens and Immigration Services webpage,
Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition
International Adoptions, I-800A Form:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services webpage,
Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country
State of Florida Notarization Information