Your homestudy must be completed by a state-licensed agency. Homestudies completed by independent social workers are not accepted. If you live in Nevada or Utah, we woud be happy to complete your homestudy for you. If you live in another state, please contact us. We may be able to provide you with contact information for providers we have worked with in your area.
Another way to make this decision is to visit www.1-800-homestudy.com or call 1-800-homestudy. They will be able to give you general recommendations on homestudy agencies in your area.
West Sands Adoptions requires homestudy agencies outside the state of Utah to contact us before beginning a homestudy for a client of ours. Please send them our contact information so that they can contact us. Also, please let us know who you are using so we can follow up. All homestudies that are in process should be reviewed by our office before your provider finalizes the report. We will verify the homestudy meets the requirements for USCIS and the country from which you are adopting.
Your social worker will usually work with you to determine the age of the child you are requesting. You may request an infant as young as possible, but keep in mind that children under 2 are considered infant in the international adoption world. Most children are over 10 months old at time of referral. When your homestudy is complete, you will need to obtain 4 original copies of the homestudy. One is for the USCIS, one for your dossier, one for your family file, and one for your records. Instructions on how to submit to USCIS will be provided by your case worker.
At your request, West Sands Adoptions will gladly make available the following information: (a) the number of our adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided; and (b) the number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on the last three calendar years. West Sands Adoptions places “Waiting Children” through China’s program of adoption for special needs and waiting children. However, we do not have our own list of waiting children at this time. Parents who apply for adoption through programs with West Sands Adoptions will not be referred a child for placement until a child becomes available through the appropriate Central Authority in the child’s country of origin.