Home Study Fees

245A.04, Subd. 10 item 2; Statute 259.258 Subd. 2; Statute 259.37,Subd 2 item (5)
The fees charged include the collection of and processing of the documents required for the agency to approve a prospective adoptive family as well as training and home visits conducted by the agency social worker. This also includes writing reports, ongoing contact with the adoptive family and contact with the primary agency. All fees are subject to change.
Services to Prospective Adoptive Parents:
APPLICATION FEE…………………………………………………………………………..$150
ADOPTION HOME STUDY FEE (the first half, $1,250 is non-refundable)……..$2,500
HOME STUDY TRAVEL FEES families will be charged a mileage fee for each
social worker visit to their home at a per mile fee allowed by the Federal
Government.  In addition, driving time by your social worker which exceeds
30 minutes will be added at a rate of $25.00 per hour.

HAGUE COMPLIANT TRAINING - online available through

Heart of the Matter of Adoption LLC (each of these organizations have a fee)

Home study updates are required for…………………………………………………..$500

  • the extension of U.S. Citizenship &Immigration Services approval
  • annually for families who are pursuing a domestic adoption.
  • move in residence and/or the birth of a child

Documents required for an update:

  • current Adam Walsh background search reports ($70.00 per person for household members age 13 and above)
  • current medical report
  • current employment verification
  • Current DHS forms

Families who have an approved home study………………………………………….$1,450

  • had a home study completed by another MN agency or
  • had a home study completed by an out-of-MN agency and have moved to MN
  • had one of two children placed, US Immigration remains valid for second child

IAS adoptive families who are reapplying for another adoption………………….$1,800
( if done within 3 years (first payment of $1,000 is non-refundable)

IAS adoptive families who are proceeding with two adoptions
simultaneously, from different programs, add………………………..……………..$500

  • If home study completed by IAS; Finalization..…………………..………..…$300
  • If home study completed by another agency; Finalization….…..…………$500
  • If partial assistance to finalize; Agency Consent/Report to Court………..$75
  • Post placement report:(i.e. Two children, two reports)….Per Report…….$200
  • Should I.A.S. need to retrieve a closed file from storage………………..….$60

The home study fees and post placement fees must be paid in full before the reports are released to you or any agency.


For Adoption Home Studies- $1,250 is due before the first home study interview takes place. The second payment of $1,250 is due when the final draft is completed and before IAS can release the home study.

  • For continuing clients of International Adoption Services, the initial post placement report and Report to Court services are $500 and is due at the time you come home with your child. For any additional reports required by the international country or your referral agency, the fee is $200 per report; this fee will be due upon completion of each post placement report.
  • For clients requesting post placement supervision who have not had their adoption home study completed by International Adoption Services. Non-refundable Fee of $500 is due before the 1st post placement meeting is scheduled. Any additional post placement reports will be $200 per report and will be due upon completion of each post placement report.
  • Updated Adoption Home Study for clients who are re-applying for a second home study with I.A.S., the fee is $1,800. $1,000 is due before the first home study interview takes place. The first payment of $1,000 is non-refundable. The second payment of $800 is due before the second home study interview takes place.


  • Adoption Home Study and written report–when completed, meets the requirements of Minnesota State Laws.  This study includes background checks, home visits and meetings with an adoption counselor
  • Updated Adoption Home Study
  • Post Placement Reports
  • Assistance with Adoption Finalization
  • International Adoption Services, Inc. does not do child outreach for domestic adoptions. IAS is NOT a partner with the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) for Minnesota Waiting Children.  Home studies to be submitted for a Minnesota Waiting Child MUST be prepared by a MN DHS partner agency.
  • International Adoption Services, Inc. complies with the following State laws should services be rendered involving domestic adoptions:
  • the Indian Child Welfare Act, Public Law 95-608;
  • the Minnesotan Indian family preservation act, Minnesota Statutes, sections 260.751 to 260.835;
  • the heritage act, Minnesota Statutes, sections 259.29, 260C.193, subdivision 3, and 260C.212 to 260C.215; and
  • the interstate compact on the placement of children, Minnesota Statutes, section 260.851.
    Statute 245A.04, Subd. 10 item 2; Statute 259.37, Subd 2 item (5)
    I/We have received from International Adoption Services, Inc. and have read a copy of the “Commissioner’s statement on Completing an Adoption in Minnesota” which explains the legal rights and responsibilities of the prospective adoptive parent(s) during the process and I/We understand that the prospective adoptive parent(s) are responsible for filing an adoption petition not later than 12 months after the child is placed in our prospective home.

    Minnesota Rules, part 9545.0815 B and D Minnesota Statutes, section 259.37, subd 2, item 3
    International Adoption Services, Inc. does not have any placing programs nor representatives for any domestic or international adoptions. Should IAS in the future have placement services, a country specific disclosure will be provided to the prospective adoptive parent(s) with the general description of children the agency places for adoption, with attention to such points as age or special needs that determine whether the agency is able to serve a child. The specific placement service disclosure will also state the eligibility requirements or qualifications that the agency requires of the prospective adoptive parent(s).
    For families pursuing the adoption of a child born outside the United States, it is understood that International Adoption Services, Inc. cannot and does not assume responsibility for the actions of a foreign government. Despite our approval of a family we cannot guarantee the actions of a foreign government entity, institution, Judge or court of jurisdiction to disapprove or invalidate the request of a particular family to adopt a specific child in the country of birth of that child. International Adoption Services, Inc. cannot and does not make any absolute guarantees of the acceptance of the documentation of a particular child/referral by the government, judge, and court system or immigration offices of that country.
    International Adoption Services, Inc. makes every effort to assure the final adoption and placement of a specific child into the adoptive home but the final authority for approval of the child’s adoption and subsequent emigration to the United States is at the discretion of the government and national authorities in the country of birth of this specific child. We cannot guarantee that changes in the civil codes and regulations in the foreign country will not adversely affect adoption processing despite the fact that an individual case is already in process.
    The time frames for adoption processing are APPROXIMATE and likelihood, given the circumstances of the prospective adoptive parent and any specific program to which the prospective adoptive parent is applying, that an adoptive placement may be made and the estimated length of time for making an adoptive placement. Adoptive placements can take between 6 months to two (2) years, depending if the adoption is domestic vs international (and varies by country). These estimates are based on adoptive placements made with prospective parents in similar circumstances applying to a similar program with the agency during the immediately preceding three to five years. If for any reason the agency has not been in operation for at least three years, it will provide summary data based on whatever adoptive
    placements it has made and may include a statement about the kind of efforts it will make to achieve an adoptive placement, including a timetable it will follow in seeking a child. IAS cannot guarantee placement of a child or a time by which a child will be placed.
    International Adoption Services, Inc. charges only for services rendered. All fees are non-refundable once a particular service has been provided. However, fees for services(s) not provided will be refunded within 30 days. The applicant(s) request for a refund should be in writing and addressed to International Adoption Services, 4940 Viking Drive, Suite 7B, Edina, MN 55435
    International Adoption Services, Inc. will furnish a list of Attorneys that can offer assistance with completing legal requirements for an adoption in the State of Minnesota.

    RIGHT TO APPEAL This agreement is signed based upon trust and honesty between the two
    parties. In the event of any disagreement, both will seek to restore the matter through
    discussions together. Should the applicant(s) and International Adoption Services, Inc. not reach
    a mutual understanding, the applicant(s) may register a complaint in a signed and dated written
    format to the Agency Director, the Agency Board of Directors at 4940 Viking Drive, Suite 7B,
    Edina, MN 55435, the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services. If the matter
    involves a Hague Adoption (Individuals must first try to resolve a complaint through their Adoption
    Service Provider before submitting a complaint to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) the
    format is found on http://adoptionusca.state.gov/HCRWeb/WelcomeForm.aspx.
    I/We have received, read, and had the opportunity to ask questions of the agency about the content of this disclosure statement.