July 13, 2016

Adoption Home Studies

Solomon Family Solutions is a licensed child placement agency with the State of TN, and provides home study services on a sliding scale based on the family’s income. Solomon Family Solutions reserves the right to modify information on forms and website at anytime. 

Proposed Schedule

Please note your adoption home study is important to us! We are passionate about keeping this service as affordable and accessible as possible for all prospective adoptive families.  We will do are very best to complete adoption home studies to meet the individual needs of families, but our ability to schedule home visits/interviews and ultimate completion of adoption home studies may vary depending upon our caseload.

If you have special circumstances that require expedited services, please make us aware and we will do our very best to accommodate.  We are typically able to expedite preliminary adoption home study approvals (2 – 3 weeks), but may ultimately need several weeks (~16 to 20 weeks) to complete a final adoption home study. IF YOU HAVE A FINAL COURT DATE, PLEASE MAKE US AWARE IN WRITING IMMEDIATELY. 

We serve several counties throughout TN, and we are willing to travel, but there may be an additional fee to cover our travel expenses.   Travel expenses may apply for locations that our outside a 50+ mile radius from our Monroe County office in Sweetwater or Bradley County office in Cleveland.

Questions regarding adoption home studies, the schedule and/or expedited services, please contact our Supervising Child Placement Manager, Andrea Chase, M.S., J.D. at andrea@solomonfamilysolutions.com or 423-790-3747 Ext. 1.

Printable Home Study Schedule

I.             Initial Contact

A.           Application for Adoption Home Study

Please fill out application in full to the best of your ability.

B.            Resume

Please include education fulfillment, past job, and volunteer experience.

C.           Biography

Give us a (brief-no more than five pages, typed) summary of your life, beginning at childhood to the present, along with future goals and plans. Please include your reason that you wish to adopt.

D.           Background Checks

You will need to complete Solomon Family Solutions’ “Authorization for Release of Information and HIPAA Protected Health Information to Solomon Family Solutions and Notification of Release” to the best of your ability.

E.           Fingerprint Screening

You will need to make an appointment for a Fingerprint Screening. You will be provided with a link and an ORI number, which is required to make your appointment. The fee for this service is your responsibility. Fingerprinting cost is approximately $35 per person.  All adults (18 years old or older) permanently residing in the adoptive parents home are required to be fingerprinted.

F.            Fees

1/4 of Total Fee is due with submission of Application. This fee is used to cover administration fees and time to process all background checks. The fee for a home study is based upon your gross annual household income. PLEASE NOTE REGULAR FEE FOR SERVICE IS $2500.

Income-based Fee Scale
Level Annual Income Total Fee**
A. $0-$30,000 $650
B. $30,001-$50,000 $800
C. $50,001-+ $1,000

* For your convenience, we have broken up the fees as you advance through the home study process.

** Total Fee does not include post placement services, which are not always required or mandated.

***Services for families located outside of Bradley, Polk, McMinn, and Monroe, an additional fee of $100 may be required to cover travel time and expenses.

****An additional fee of $100 may apply for expedited services (i.e., reports required in less than 4 weeks).

Note: completed home studies are valid for 1 year.

Application (Stage I) Fees
Level Amount Due
A. $160
B. $200
C. $250

II.          Interviews and Medical Screening

A.            Scheduling

Upon receipt of all items listed above, you can expect to receive a call or email from Solomon Family Solutions in 1-2 weeks to confirm your standing as an adoptive parent. We may then schedule an in-office or in – home interview with you and your co-applicant (if applicable).

B.            Medical Screening

All adoptive parents are required to have a full medical physical and Tuberculosis test. The cost of this screening is your responsibility. We do have a medical provider that will bill only $50 for physical exams and TB tests, so if you are interested in utilizing this service in lieu of using your own primary care physician an additional fee of $50 will be collected for each physical conducted with the contracted facility.

C.           Fees

At the time of the interview and/or completion of medical screening, you will be responsible for your Stage II fees.

Interview (Stage II) Fees
Level Amount Due
A. $160
B. $200
C. $250

III.       Home study

A.            Preparation

During the interview, your caseworker may schedule the home study with you for 1-2 weeks out. He or she may provide you with information you will need in order to have a successful home study.

At this time, you will be responsible for Stage III Fees. A home study will not be completed until all fees up to this point a paid in full.

B.            Fees

Home Study (Stage III) Fees
Level Amount Due
A. $160
B. $200
C. $250

IV.       Final Report

A.            Final Report

After the home study has been completed, your caseworker and the case manager will evaluate your home study. The evaluation period will take about two weeks depending on case load. After this two-week period, your caseworker will contact you to let you know if your home has passed the study. In the event your home needs modification, your caseworker will share those items with you.

Your report will be available 2-3 weeks after the home study occurs. It will not be available to you until all fees are paid in full. The final fees are in the chart below.

B.            Final Fees

Final Report (Stage IV) Fees
Level Amount Due
A. $170
B. $200
C. $250

V.   Post Placement (at an additional cost, if applicable)

A.  Supervisory Visit

B. Evaluation of the Progress of the Child

Post Placement (Stage V) Fees
Level Amount Due
A. $100
B. $150
C. $200

This is a proposed schedule and is subject to change without notice.

Home Study Schedule

Application

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