Documents Required for a HS Update: Delaware, New Jersey & Pennsylvania


1. Copy of Passport, Driver’s License or other government issued photo ID for all adults (over 18) in household.  REQUIRED

2. Marriage Certificate.  Should be in file from previous HS

3. Birth Certificate for each family member –  REQUIRED ONLY if a new family member has been added since previous HS.  Otherwise, this should be in file from previous HS.

4. Divorce Decree (if applicable) –  should be in file from previous HS

5. Military Discharge (if applicable) –  should be in file from previous HS

6. Death Certificate (if applicable) –  should be in file from previous HS

7. State Police Clearance for each member of household over 16 years of age. REQUIRED

8. Child Abuse Clearance for each member of household over 16 years of age. REQUIRED

9. FBI Cogent Clearance (PA Families Only) for each member of household over 18 years of age. REQUIRED

10. Letter from Physician stating good health and normal life expectancy – for all members of household. REQUIRED

11. Three (3) reference letters. REQUIRED

12. Most recent 1040 Federal Tax Return. REQUIRED

13. List of Assets and Liabilities. REQUIRED

14. Monthly Expense Worksheet. REQUIRED

15. Letters from Employers which state occupation title, salary, and length of service. REQUIRED

16. Proof of Life Insurance – copy of face of policy, company name and amount of policy. REQUIRED ONLY if changed. Otherwise, should be in file from previous HS.

17. Proof of Health Coverage – copy of policy or card. REQUIRED ONLY if changed. Otherwise, should be in file from previous HS.

18. Autobiography Questionnaire of each adopting parent. Should be in file from previous HS.

19. Guardian Designation Form. REQUIRED ONLY if guardian has changed or if any of the family’s information has changed. Otherwise, should be in file from previous HS.

20. Parent Education Training Packet Forms. REQUIRED ONLY  if training was done more than 2 years ago.

21. Home Study Fee Acknowledgement Form. REQUIRED

22. Certificate of Adoptive Parent Training, SW/PAP Affirmation, Training Verification. REQUIRED

23. Post-Adoption Report Commitment Form.  Should be in file from previous HS.

24. If you are a Home Study Only client, signed Home Study Contract. Should be in file from previous HS.