Home Studies

New Beginnings International Children’s & Family Services (New Beginnings) is Hague accredited and licensed to provide international and domestic home study services throughout Mississippi and Tennessee. Our professional, friendly and trained workers are located throughout both states, which saves families the added expense of travel time. New Beginnings is able to provide home study services to families regardless of which agency you are working with as your primary agency. We work quickly and carefully to make the process as efficient as possible.

We gladly provide the following services in a professional, kind and timely manner:

  • International adoptive family home studies, updates, post-placement and post-adoption reports for Hague and non-Hague countries
  • Domestic adoptive family home studies and updates, and post-placement reports
What is a home study?

This is an in-depth review that prospective adoptive parents must go through to legally adopt. A home study typically includes evaluations of the adoptive parents’ relationship, inspections of their residence, parenting ideals, medical history, employment verification, financial status and criminal background checks. Families are also required to complete education courses that will help you prepare for being an adoptive parent. After the home is completed, the family will have the opportunity to view the study prior to the final printing.

Does my home study expire?

Home studies can become “outdated.” There is a time period, usually one year, before a home study needs to be updated.

How long does the process take?

The home study process typically takes around three months to complete. This can be completed more quickly, or the process may take longer than three months. Factors that affect the time of completion include how quickly paperwork is completed and turned in by the family and how quickly background checks and references are received.

How many visits are required?

For an international home study, you will be required to meet with your social worker at least four times. For a domestic home study, you will be required to meet with your social worker at least three times.

  1. Complete and return the New Beginnings Application and application fee. You will then receive a home study packet email detailing preliminary documents to submit in order to complete your home study.
  2. e-Adopt set up – once you have returned your initial paperwork, your adoption portal account will be set up and a link will be provided to you. You will be able to access all of your home study paperwork.
  3. Your case will be assigned to a social worker, who will contact you to set up your first home study meeting. Remember, payment is due before your first visit. This fee should be sent directly to the Mississippi office. 
  4. Continue to work on and submit all required background checks and required adoption documents. 
  5. Complete the remaining home study visits with your worker. 
  6. Once all of your visits and documents have been completed and submitted, the home study will be written and sent through the editing process. 
  7. You then will review your home study. If you are working with another agency for placement, your placing agency will also review your home study. 
  8. Submit post-placement/adoption fees. 
  9. New Beginnings will finalize your home study. 
Contact Us!

For additional information regarding the home study process in Mississippi, contact McKenzie Garrison at 662.842.6752 x 103 or Renae Vallas at 662.842.6752 x 104. In Tennessee, contact Karen Nixon at 615.378.7099.

Ready to get started?

Click here to start your journey with the New Beginnings application.

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