All adoptive families must work with a local agency for completion of the home study and post-placement reports. An adoption home study is a detailed written report of your family, compiled and prepared by a licensed social worker in your state of residence. The home study must be submitted for review and approval prior to receiving a child referral. Following the arrival of a child in your home, a series of post-placement reports will also be required. The home study, post-placement reports, and local support throughout the adoption process are often referred to as direct services.
For families adopting through Holt, our branch offices can provide direct services to families living in Oregon, SW Washington, California, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Holt also has a strong network of cooperating agencies that provide direct services to families in every part of the United States.
To locate a direct services agency in your area, click on your state below to find a Holt branch office or a list of cooperating agencies. Please note: All families adopting from China must use a COA/Hague-accredited agency. All families adopting from Korea must use a Hague-accredited agency.
Home Study Services ONLY
Holt can also provide direct services to families working with a different agency to adopt a child, so long as they reside in one of our branch states. For more information, click on your state.