International Home Study Only Services
Adoption-Link provides all international home study and provides post-placement / post-adoption services for Illinois residents in the greater Chicago and Bloomington/Normal areas who are planning to adopt a child.
To apply for an international home study, please fill out the following application and then sign, date, and mail to Adoption-Link with a non-refundable check for $150.
Download an Adoption-Link Application
Review the Sample International Home Study Only Service Contract
Review the Client Grievance/Complaint Policy and Procedure
What is a home study?
A home study is very much what its name implies. The home study is an assessment of a prospective adoptive family's home environment and is conducted by a licensed adoption professional. This professional will review autobiographical and health statements, documentation of income, child abuse and criminal clearances, personal references, etc. Your Adoption-Link social worker will conduct a series of interviews including, but not limited to, individual interviews with each member of the household, joint interviews with spouses, and a home site inspection. Although this may feel a bit invasive, the purpose of the home study investigation is to insure that the adopted child will join a safe, secure and loving family. Overall the home study will take anywhere from 2-6 months to prepare. A family can help the process along by being flexible, available and promptly returning paperwork.
International Adoption Education
10 hours (with at least 4 hours in person) of adoption education are required by Adoption Link, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Hague Convention to complete the home study process. Adoption-Link offers families a one day-long workshop Preparing for Adoption (6 hours) in Oak Park, registration information provided by your social worker. There are other in person sessions available upon request. The remaining 4-6 hours, if not completed in person, must be completed online. There are various course options available through Adoption Learning Partners. These options should be discussed with your worker and based on your specific adoption plans.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) licensing
All families whose children will travel to the United States on an IR4 (non-Hague countries) or IH4 (Hague countries) visa must be licensed as adopt only DCFS foster family homes. Adoption-Link will help you complete the licensing process as part of the home study process. These families also MUST re-adopt their children in the State of Illinois.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) approval
All international home studies completed in the State of Illinois must be approved by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Intercountry Adoption Coordinator. Once Adoption-Link completes a favorable home study we will forward the report to the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator for approval.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Once your home study has been approved by DCFS, Adoption-Link will assist you with filing your completed I-600A (non-Hague country) or I-800A (Hague country) application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. To obtain USCIS adoption forms, visit the USCIS website: uscis.gov.
Home Study Amendment or Update
After a home study has been finalized and released, any significant changes in the prospective adoptive family’s situation or in the recommendation for the type of child to be adopted or country you choose to adopt from will require a home study amendment, which involves at least one visit from your social worker. If your home study is over a year old and a child has not yet been placed with you, DCFS and USCIS require you to complete a home study update, which also involves a current visit by your social worker.
Post Placement/Post Adoption Services
Post-Placement / Post-Adoption consists of home visits and interviews conducted by your social worker. Adoption-Link requires a minimum of three post placement or post adoption reports. The first report is due within the first thirty days of returning home with your child as required by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The timing of the 2 additional reports will be determined by your placing agency and/or specific country requirements. Further visits and reports may also be required by your placing agency and/or country and will be completed by Adoption-Link.
Re-Adoption in the State of Illinois
All families whose children will travel to the United States on an IR4 (non-Hague countries) or IH4 (Hague countries) visa must re-adopt their children in the State of Illinois although it is recommended for all families to complete this process as well. Adoption-Link can offer information on highly qualified adoption attorneys and will complete the Report of Investigation to submit to the court.
What are the costs?
Adoption-Link Fee Schedule

Application - $150

International Home Study - $2,400

6 hour Preparing to Adopt Training session - $130/per couple

4 hours of online training through Adoption Learning Partners - $50/per couple

Home Study Amendment - $250

Home Study Update - $250

Home Study Update (extensive >3 yrs) - $900-$1,500

Home Study Update (if original home study completed by another agency) - $2,400

Post Placement/Post Adoption Visits/Reports - $250/each

Report of Investigation - $250

Travel Reimbursement - $0.585/mile

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