Home Study


After your application is in, the Home Study is the next major step in your adoption process.  State and federal requirements demand that any prospective adoptive person(s) must have a “home study prepared by a licensed adoption agency.”  I.A.S. provides this service (for Minnesota families), scheduling interviews at your convenience.

When & Where

hmstudpgOur social workers are flexible and willing to work with you to agree on times and places for the interviews.  They are typically spread over three (3) separate meetings, but this is also flexible.  At least one meeting must occur in the home of the adoptive family, as it is required by the State of Minnesota (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and that a description of your home and surrounding area is included in this study.

The following supporting documents will be needed to complete your home study file:

  • Birth Certificates for each adopting parent
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Divorce decree(s) (if applicable)
  • Most Current 1040 - Pages 1 & 2
  • U.S. passport for at least one spouse if you were not born in the U.S. and a green card for the second spouse if not a U.S. citizen.

Forms and/or examples of the following documents will be provided when your application is received:

  • MN Department of Human Services (DHS) Application for Foster Care and Adoption
  • MN DHS Individual Fact Sheet - for each adopting parent
  • DHS Disaster Plan Form
  • IAS Post Placement Agreement
  • Proof of Adoption Traiing
  • Reference Letters
  • Physician’s Reports - all persons residing in the home
  • Financial Statement
  • Employment Verification Letters
  • Adam Walsh Background Search Report for child abuse and/or neglect and criminal history (everyone in the home age 13 and older)