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 16 years of age.
  7. Child Abuse Clearance for  each member of household over 16 years of age.
  8. For PA families, Cogent (FBI) clearances for each member of household over 18 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. Letter 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. List of Assets and Liabilities.
  14. Monthly Expense Worksheet.
  15. Letters from employers stating occupation title, salary, and length of service.
  16. Proof of Life Insurance – copy of face of policy, company name and amount of policy.
  17. Proof of Health Coverage – copy of policy or card.
  18. Proof of Home Owner’s or Renter’s Insurance.
  19. Proof of Auto Insurance.
  20. Autobiography of each adopting parent.
  21. Guardian Designation Form.
  22. Parent Education Training Package Forms.
  23. Home Study Fee Acknowledgement Sheet.
  24. Home Study Affirmation Statement
  25. Post-Adoption Report Commitment Form
  26. Non-Physical Discipline Statement
  27. 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
CARI Clearance Form – for families currently living in NJ; return to Laura Taylor at MAA
CARI Out of State Clearance Form – for families who previously lived in NJ

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