Choosing Your Home Study Agency

At Nathanson Adoption Services, you receive personal service from social workers who are highly experienced in the international and domestic adoption processes. Since Nathanson Adoption Services specializes in home studies, we can provide you with a report that is tailored to your specific adoption needs. We are constantly educating ourselves on the changes in international and domestic adoption laws and regulations so that we are better able to provide you with information that is current and correct. We also work with your placing agency, USCIS (the immigration office), and the offices of the State of North Carolina to ensure that your adoption experience is successful.

Why families choose Nathanson Adoption Services


Our adoption agency is overjoyed by the happy adoptive families we have helped create, and we take pride in being a part of their journey.


With a combined experience of several decades in the field of adoption, our agency has helped numerous families in North Carolina build their families through ethical and successful adoption placements.


Nathanson has a caring and dedicated team of social workers who are committed to providing personalized support.


Our adoption agency is proud to serve all of North Carolina, with a team of professionals who are knowledgeable about the state’s adoption laws and with resources available in each region.

Our Team

Amie Bouchat - Nathanson Adoption

Amie Bouchat


Amie Bouchat is the Agency Director at Nathanson Adoption Services. Amie earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and has experience working with preschool to middle school-age children. She also has years of experience working as a Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care. As an adoptive mother of two children, Amie understands and appreciates the value and joy of bringing families together through adoption. Amie resides in Waxhaw, NC, and enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Social Workers Located Across The State


Most frequent questions and answers

A home study agency will be licensed by your home state to conduct home study assessments. That agency will not be involved in the actual child placing component of the adoption process. There are three reasons why families use separate home study and child-placing agencies:

  1. If the child-placing agency is out of state, you need a separate home study agency licensed in North Carolina to prepare your home study.
  2. Having a home study prepared by an independent home study agency ensures that, for now and in the future, you have the option of working with whatever child-placing agency or agencies you choose. You are not tied to using the agency that prepared your home study for your actual adoption.
  3. As in many other professional fields, it is always a good idea to have important work done by “specialists” – those with intensive experience and training in one particular area.

Always feel free to call or email our office and we would be glad to discuss the fees applicable to your specific situation or you can access our standard fee agreement here.

Application fee:
Nathanson Adoption Services does not charge a separate application fee.

Our agency has no separate educational requirements for families pursuing domestic adoption.  For our families choosing international adoption, there is an additional educational component required by USCIS.  We suggest you work with your child-placing agency to determine how best to meet this requirement. 

Travel fee:
With almost two dozen social workers located throughout the state, our agency assigns the social worker that is located as close to you as possible in an effort to avoid the possibility of additional fees to our adoptive families.  However, based on distance, a travel fee may apply.

We have several timing options available to meet the needs of each of our adoptive families.  Our expedited reports can be complete in 2 weeks and our standard reports are complete in 8 to 11 weeks.

Nathanson Adoption Services is proud of its reputation as a highly responsive and compassionate agency.  We understand that urgent situations occur and for those families we offer our “mega-expedited” service, which means that we can complete your home study in as quickly as three to five business days.  There is an additional fee for this service – please see our Fee Agreement.

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