MAYA Organization is a full-service, non-profit adoption agency located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We are licensed as an Adoption and Foster Care agency, and therefore are permitted to provided certain services necessary prior to an adoption.
All adoptive parents need to go through a home study prior to adopting a child. Adoption home studies are legally mandated in most places and situations.
A home study is an extensive screening, or “investigation,” conducted by a social worker. Our home studies are well-written and meet the requirements of all parties who must review it, including other adoption agencies, adoption attorneys, ICPS (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children), and USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
The screening entails state, local and federal background (FBI) checks. Some other information covered in the study includes: medical records, credit checks, employment history, and your family. Just as the name suggests, your home residence will be also examined to ensure it’s a safe and nurturing environment.
The goal of our home study is to essentially explain “why” you are well-qualified to be an adoptive family. At MAYA Organization, we will complete your home study as quickly as possible, while making sure that it is accurate and properly illustrates your unique family.
Although it may seem overwhelming or intimidating, our counselors and social workers are here to help support you through the entire process.