HOME STUDY SERVICES IN TEXAS
OUR HOME STUDY PROCESS
Every Texas adoptive family must work with a local home study agency to complete necessary home study and post-placement reports. The adoption home study is an in-depth report on your family, compiled by a Texas licensed social worker. In order to receive a referral for an adoptive child, your family must first finish the home study process. Once your home study is approved, your family may begin to accept a child referral. After your adopted child has arrived home, post adoption reports are also required.
Families do not need to adopt through AGCI in order to utilize our home study services. We are a Hague accredited agency with experience working in 23 countries over the past 26 years. With AGCI, there’s never a “backlog.” We’re committed to completing every home study in six months or less and our services can even be expedited if needed (additional fees apply). We structure our process in a way that coordinates education and paperwork with anticipated completion time—our social workers are available without additional wait time. Working with AGCI also means unparalleled post adoption support. We are committed to providing a premium level of support to each and every family we work with.
HOME STUDY ONLY SERVICES
AGCI provides direct home study services to Texas families completing an adoption through another placement agency. By choosing AGCI for your home study only services, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:
With more than 25 years of adoption experience, we’ve united over 3,100 children with their forever families. Our home study providers also complete every home study to Texas state and Hague standards.
Our international experience is apparent. We’ve worked with adoption officials in the following 23 countries:
Bulgaria | Burundi | China | Colombia | Ethiopia | Ghana | Guatemala | Haiti | Hungary | India | Kazakhstan | Macedonia | Mexico | Nepal | Philippines | Romania | Russia | Rwanda | Taiwan | Uganda | Ukraine | U.S. | Vietnam
We’ll work with your placing agency to make sure all Texas state and program requirements are met upon placement of your child in your home.
HOME STUDY PROCESS
Please fill out a Free Pre-App to determine if you meet AGCI eligibility requirements. Once approved and contracted, the home study process can begin!
Once contracted with AGCI, the home study process can begin. A home study typically takes between 3-4 months to complete. Over this period of time, a social worker will collect required home study documents including local criminal and background checks. After all documents are received, an AGCI Michigan social worker will conduct family interviews in your home. These interviews last a minimum of six hours on two separate visits. Once home study interviews are complete, a comprehensive report will be written by your social worker. AGCI will submit the completed home study to your placing agency for review and finalization.
Once your child is home, post-adoption visits will be scheduled according to placing agency and program specific requirements.
HOME STUDY FEES
|AGCI Home Study||$2200|
|Home Study Update / Addendum (text change, minor change, no home visit required)||$400|
|Home Study Update (with visit and/or extensive changes) or Program Conversion Home Study||$900|
|Single child, per report (# of reports varies by program requirements)||$400|
|Multiple children, per report, one home visit First Child Fee||$400|
|Additional Child Fee||$225|
MISC. POST-ADOPTION REPORT NO VISIT
|First Child Fee||$200|
|Additional Child Fee||$100|
AGCI has a service area of 40 miles (round trip) from our office or nearest social worker in each state. Families will be billed for mileage outside of the service area. Families will be responsible for additional travel fees (i.e., travel time, airfare, hotel, meals, etc.).
$0.50 per mile after 40 miles round trip.
$15 per hour, after two hours of travel round trip.
ADOPTIVE PARENT EDUCATION
We require that all adoptive parents complete training courses through Adoption Learning Partners to beginning home study visits. These courses are available online for a cost of approximately $215 per family, per adoption.
“AGCI was always quick to answer our questions and address our concerns. They walked us through each and every step of the process, and we never felt alone. We appreciated the balance of realism and optimism. They were always very direct and honest with us. They acknowledged and validated the frustrations that are just an inevitable part of the adoption process. And they rejoiced with us any time we got good news! We believe that they prayed for us and truly had our best interests and the interests of our adopted sons at the heart of everything they did. And they have continued to follow up with us and make themselves available to us after we brought our boys home. AGCI’s passion for orphan care is truly inspiring and contagious! If we adopt again in the future, we will absolutely choose AGCI again.”
— Carrie Partridge, AGCI Adoptive Mom