MAA Adoption Home Study Steps

    1. Submit the Home Study Application online and pay the application fee via PayPal.  Or if you prefer, print the application  and send with a check for the application fee to the MAA office located in Delaware at 1102 Society Drive, Claymont, DE 19703.
    2. Once payment is received, you will receive our home study checklist via email.  Complete and return the initial contracts by downloading the documents, signing them and then uploading them back into our system.  Once the contracts are received, you will receive the next set of documents to complete, including autobiography questionnaires and other pertinent documents.
    3. Your case will be assigned to a social worker, who will contact you to set up your first  Meeting. Payment is due prior to the first meeting. A minimum of four face-to-face meetings are required, with at least one taking place in your home. All household members must be seen and interviewed on at least one occasion.
    4. During the first appointment, your social worker will answer any questions, review the paperwork requirements with you and possibly complete your home inspection.
    5. Once you have completed your adoption training, your social worker will schedule the remaining meetings.  The last document should be completed after all required paperwork has been submitted.
    6. During the visits, expect to answer questions about your health, family history, family finances, experience with children, employment, social supports, and your adoption plans.
    7. The social worker will go over all adoption training and ensure an understanding of all required topics.  Your worker is there to educate and support you and will answer any questions that you have.
    8. The home study report will be written, go through MAA’s internal review process, and  then sent to you and any partnering agency for review.
    9. After the review and any necessary changes, the home study will be finalized and notarized.
    10. In most cases, post adoption or post-placement reports are required by the county and/or state after the child arrives home. Fees for post placement services are due prior to the release of the home study report. Please discuss your post adoption reporting schedule with your social worker.

MAA is available to assist you with each step. In addition to your assigned social worker, MAA has a myriad of clinical staff that can answer your questions at any time.  Families in NJ, NY, DE and PA can contact Diana at 302-475-8977 or Families in IL can contact Misty at 217-498-9700 or