Kentucky families seeking to adopt domestically or internationally will need a home study conducted by a licensed Kentucky adoption agency. DCCH has been a licensed adoption agency providing this service since 2001. Experienced with conducting adoption home studies, we are happy to provide this service. Single persons or families seeking to adopt a child already placed in their home or hoping to receive a child from a private source should contact us today.

This type of adoption differs from DCCH Foster Care and Adoption services whereas the child comes from another referral source (attorneys, adoption agencies outside of Kentucky, other countries) and the family needs a home study conducted. DCCH also provides child placing services for Kentucky families willing to foster-to-adopt a child victimized by abuse or neglect and are in state custody.

Independent Adoption Home Study Fee Schedule

Home Study Narrative: $2,000

Includes application, references, background checks, home visit and initial home study report. Also included is one follow-up home visit after child is placed and the written court report recommending the finalization of adoption.

Home Study Narrative Update: $1,000

If a family has had an Independent Adoption Home Study Narrative completed elsewhere and a copy of the report is shared, we can provide an update for half the cost of an original. Updates to home study narratives are necessary when information, such as medical information, background checks, etc becomes outdated – generally one year after the original home study is completed.

DCCH Home Study Narrative Update: $750

If an update is required to a Home Study originally completed by DCCH, the cost is $750.

Monthly Home Visit and Report: $100/each

Some states and placing agencies may require monthly updates after a child is placed up until the adoption is finalized to summarize the status of the child, relationship between the family and child and emotional, physical and medical development of child.

Birth Parent Interviews and Report: $100/hour

Some independent adoption agencies or attorneys may desire our agency to conduct this service. DCCH will meet face-to-face with the birth parent to gather necessary background information. A report and appropriate forms are sent to the placing adoption agency.

Training Curriculum: $90/person

DCCH offers adoption training and education to families completing adoptions through other agencies. Prospective adoptive families can participate in up to 30 hours of training (10 sessions lasting three hours each); or $9/session if only specific training is needed. Families interested in training without participating in a home study narrative or update will be charged $30/session.