Choosing Your Home Study Agency

At Nathanson Adoption Services, you receive personal service from adoption specialists 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.

Bringing Familes Together

We’ve completed our home study and it was 10/10 from start to finish. First of all, Parissa walks you through everything and she’s so easy to talk to, she made the process and the paperwork go from a potential nightmare to an absolute breeze. Kim Miller is a social worker extraordinaire, she’s so warm and friendly and again…walks you through the whole process before anything, so you know what to expect every time, start to finish, and even after placement. Highly recommend Nathanson, and especially Kim, for anyone needing a home study. We never felt nervous or on trial or lost in the shuffle.
Nathanson far exceeded our expectations and was a true partner in our adoption journey. Parisa was always available to answer questions and provide information on the process. Jenna was a delight to work with, providing us sound advice and offering us flexibility when scheduling visits. We didn't know what to expect in the home study process but Nathanson communicated clearly, was responsive to our concerns, were always warm and friendly, and made the process easy right from the beginning. I would highly recommend Nathanson!
We have worked with Nathanson twice, and both experiences have been great. They are very professional, personable and kind. Our social worker made the home study experience very comfortable. They gave us good parenting advice and shared knowledge from their own experiences as parents.
From the start Nathanson Adoption Services have been great in our adoption process. They’re always available for answers to our questions and helpful along the way. They came highly recommended to us from friends who’ve adopted and we’ve had a great experience so far. Thank you Nathanson!
My husband and I loved working with Nathanson! Jenna was our contact and she was super personable, easy to work with and very responsive to the many questions we had. Our home study was approved last month and each step of the process was done in a professional manner. We would highly recommend this company to individuals seeking out a group for adoption services.
Nathanson has been a amazing partner in our adoption process. Our case worker, Kim, was always a delight and passionate about her tasks. Nathanson made the home study process easy to understand and prompt with their responses. I highly recommend Nathanson!
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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.

Since our families report that writing an autobiography can slow down the process by weeks and months, we do not require one. Rather, our social workers spend the time and effort during the interviews to learn more about your personal history.

Typically, there are three visits, two at the social worker’s office, and one in the home. Sometimes, your placing agency may require more visits, in which case we comply with those requirements.

Requirements for post-placement supervision vary by state and by country. Your placing agency will inform you of the number of post-placement visits necessary for your adoption. Based on our experience in the field of adoption, we can offer suggestions to help all members of the family. We may also make referrals to local resources for additional assistance if that is indicated.

Our social workers love post-placement visits – we are thrilled to finally meet your children!

Yes! After the home study is written, you will receive two notarized originals of the final assessment.  We firmly believe in allowing our adoptive families to maintain complete control over their original reports so you can share it with your selected child-placing agency and/or attorney.
Yes, we invite you and encourage you to speak to the social worker in your area at any time.

Yes, during the course of the home study, we can advise you about your various adoption options, recommend child-placing agencies, and refer you to other adoptive parents who have completed the type of adoption you may be considering. We have found that our past clients are very glad to share their experiences and information with prospective adoptive parents, and we have a huge network of adoptive families throughout the state from which to draw.

Yes, at Nathanson Adoption Services, we do not require you to be a traditional “mother/ father” family. We work with all people who wish to adopt. We look for people who have a love of children, a strong desire to become a parent, and the ability to care for and provide a stable home for a child.

The Hague regulations govern certain international adoptions. Yes, we are compliant with Hague regulations as a Supervised Provider, and have successfully worked with many families adopting from Hague countries. In fact, a Nathanson Adoption Services home study was among the first Hague home studies ever approved by the U.S. Nathanson Adoption Services of North Carolina is a non-profit agency. We also carry $1 million in liability insurance. Feel free to have your child-placing agency contact us to establish this “Supervised Provider” relationship.


Possibly, as each case is evaluated on its own merits. It is important to be open and honest with your social worker about problems your family may have had, whether it is substance abuse, criminal history, financial losses or marital problems. We do not judge people for previous difficulties. Rather, we applaud them for working through their problems and respect those who have overcome difficult obstacles.