Documents Required for an Adoption Home Study (DE, NJ & PA)

  1. Copy of Driver License, Passport, or Photo ID of each applicant
  2. Marriage Certificate
  3. Birth Certificate for each family member
  4. Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  5. Military Discharge/ Death Certificate (if applicable)
  6. State Police Clearance for each member of household over 17 years of age
  7. Child Abuse Clearance for  each member of household over 17 years of age
  8. For PA families, Cogent (FBI) clearances for each member of household over 17 years
  9. For Hague Home Studies, a child abuse clearance for each state lived in since 18 years of age. This includes other countries . Please contact us for assistance in locating contacts for other countries.
    Use this link for a current list of state contacts: Adam Walsh State Contacts and Procedures for Child Abuse Registry Checks
  10. Medical letter or physical form from physician stating good health and normal life expectancy for all members of household
  11. Five (5) letters of reference.  We suggest that you vary them. For example, one from neighbor, one from family, one from employer, one from place of worship (if possible), one of choice. MAA will provide forms for you. MUST BE NOTARIZED.
  12. Most recent 1040 Federal Tax Return
  13. Financial Worksheet – List of Assets and Liabilities and Monthly Expenses
  14. Letters from employers stating occupation title, salary, and length of service
  15. Proof of Life Insurance – copy of face of policy, company name and amount of policy
  16. Proof of Health Coverage – copy of policy or card
  17. Proof of Home Owner’s or Renter’s Insurance
  18. Autobiography Questionnaire of each adopting parent
  19. Parenting Beliefs Assessment of each adopting parent
  20. Guardian Designation Form
  21. Parent Education Training Package Forms
  22. Home Study Fee Acknowledgement Sheet
  23. Social Worker Affirmation Statement
  24. Post-Adoption Report Commitment Form
  25. Non-Physical Discipline Statement
  26. Consent to Release of Information
  27. Parent Preparation Form
  28. If you are a Home Study Only Client, signed Home Study Contract

FORMS

Delaware Families:
Criminal History and Child Abuse & Neglect Background Check
DE Family Court Record Check
Adult Health Appraisal – if you are adopting from a country other than China/Philippines
Medical Exam Form –  if you are adopting a child from China/Philippines

New Jersey Families:
NJ Universal Fingerprint Card
Adult Health Appraisal – if you are adopting from a country other than China/Philippines
Medical Exam Form –  if you are adopting a child from China /Philippines

Pennsylvania Families:
Adult Health Appraisal – if you are adopting from a country other than China/Philippines
Medical Exam Form –  if you are adopting a child from China/Philippines
State Police Criminal History Request –  Choose SP4-164 (1st option under #2)
State Child Abuse Check
PA FBI/Cogent Requirement