Family Study Only

Even if you don't use our agency for a full-service adoption, you can choose to have your family study conducted by a Social Worker from The Children's Home of Pittsburgh. We can conduct your family study whether you are pursuing a private/independent adoption, an international adoption, or an out of state adoption with another agency. 

In Pennsylvania, all adoptive families are legally required to obtain an approved family study, also called a home study or family profile. A family study is required for international adoption, private adoption, and out-of-state adoption.

During a family study, one of our Social Workers will create a document with your individual and/or family history, along with other state-required information. This document is used by the courts to approve your adoption. The process will also prepare you for your adoption by means of counseling and support, as needed.

Our Social Workers conduct family studies and submit them to the appropriate court, agency, or attorney. Family studies can generally be completed within six weeks after all application materials are completed and submitted to The Children's Home.

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh’s fee for a family study, for either a domestic or international adoption is $1,800. The Children's Home also does updates to family studies that were originally completed by The Children's Home, for $1,200.

If your adoption requires post-placement reports, our Social Workers can complete those for $400 each.

For more information, or to request The Children’s Home for your family study or post-placement report, contact our Adoption Department at 412-441-4884.


The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center 5324 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Phone: 412-441-4884 Fax: 412-441-0167