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Home Studies For US Citizens Living Abroad

Are you an American living abroad wanting to adopt?  Are you seeking home studies for expats?

One of the first steps in the adoption process, whether you live in the States or elsewhere is the home study.

However, most agencies don’t do home studies for US Citizens living abroad.

We do.

We do them for our adoptive parents only. What does that mean?  Well, if you like one of our adoption programs, and want to pursue an adoption from there, we can assist you with your entire adoption process.  You will not need to find a home study agency who specializes in providing home studies for US Citizens living abroad.  

This means that if you are an American citizen, currently living abroad, we can help you with your entire adoption from start to finish, including your home study. This includes home studies for expats.  

We have an excellent social worker who contracts with us to travel to whatever country you are currently, but not permanently, residing in.  The social worker will perform the functions of the home study as if it was being done back in the United States, and our agency will carry out the process as the primary provider of adoption services and submit the finished home study to the offices of USCIS as it would in any other case.  

We are currently serving another “St. Mary’s family” living abroad.  They are a military family and we love serving military families!  

We do home studies for military families living abroad!

This experience has inspired us to begin offering this services of providing home studies for US citizens residing abroad, whether they are military, diplomats, missionaries, or other cases. 

Home Studies For Military Families

We love serving Military families who are stationed overseas.  Since 2001, we’ve served quite a few Military families.  Many of them were in the United States.  However, some of them were overseas while we helped them adopt. 

This year, in September of 2019, our social worker, Jennifer is headed to England to serve 3 separate military families who are each pursuing an adoption from Bulgaria through our agency.  Jennifer has been to Germany and Mexico before, but this is her first trip to England for a military family. 

To see photos from Jennifer’s trip to England this fall (2019), read their story here

We love to serve those who are willing to sacrifice everything to serve us, and we have a special military discount. 

Here is what some of our military families say about us and their experience with our agency. 

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Our Experience

Jennifer was in England in September, 2019

Jennifer was in Mexico in April, 2018!

Jennifer was in Germany in May, 2016!

Our First Home Study for US Citizens Living Abroad – 2013


We are so blessed to have served this family with their entire adoption while they were living abroad.

They were nice enough to share their adoption story through this video they put together and shared with us to share with you.  If you are looking for an agency to provide Home Studies For US Citizens Living Abroad, please consider our Polish and Bulgarian program, so that we would be able to do your home study as well. We do home studies for our adoptive parents only. 

We do home studies for US citizens residing abroad and we do home studies for military families. This includes home studies for expats.

Home Studies for US citizens Residing Abroad (Expats) FAQ

Can your agency do a home study for US citizens residing abroad?

Yes. We have successfully completed adoptions for our parents who are temporarily living overseas.   The home study itself falls under different requirements, but we are more than capable of helping our parents meet those requirements and navigating them through what is necessary. 

Does it make any difference if we live on a military base overseas? 

Regardless of the reason as to why you are residing abroad, we can help you with your entire adoption – including sending our agency’s social worker to complete the home study portion at your location.  We love doing US Military Adoption Home Studies! 

How much will it cost us to do a home study while living abroad? 

Our home study fees are the same as if though we were not doing a home study for US citizens residing abroad.  The additional cost for the parents will come with the expenses associated with the social worker having to travel and stay in the country where you are. The social worker will stay for a few days to do the required visits.

The parents will be involved in the selection process of such expense items as airplane tickets and hotels.  

How quickly can this home study be completed?

Though the process is a bit more complicated in terms following legal requirements that the authorities are looking for, all of this is handled internally by our agency,.  Therefore, no delays are pushed onto the process.  There is no reason to assume that home studies for US citizens living abroad will necessarily take any longer than than your “typical” home study. 

How would we communicate to schedule everything and if we have questions? 

We make that easy! Everything is done electronically and we also love skyping with all of our parents regardless of whether they’re in a different state or a different country. 

For any additional questions that you may have about home studies for US citizens living abroad (or home studies for Expats) or for US Military Adoption Home Studies, please contact us.  We will put you in touch with someone who can answer any questions. 

Home Study Fees – US Citizens Living Abroad

Home Study Fees – US Citizens Living Abroad
Application $200 Due with application
Payment 1 $1,350 Due shortly after application w contract
Payment 2 $1,350 Due when home study is complete
TOTAL $2,900
Additional expenses will include:
Approximate Additional Expenses for Expats 
Low Estimate High Estimate
Flight $1,000 $2,000

Hotel (3 – 4 nights)




Food (3 – 4 nights) $225




Travel In Country  $75


Parking in NC $50 $100
Cell Phone Travel Pass $30 $50
Estimated Total: $1,830 $4,250
Expenses for flight, in country transportation, and parking are all costs that fluctuate based upon calculated expected cost.  Expenses for hotels and food in different countries are a fixed per diem rate based on the published numbers found here: : Click Here


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