In Florida, prospective adoptive parents need a favorable preliminary home study before a child can be placed in their home.1 If you are considering adoption, you shouldn’t delay getting a home study. It’s not unheard of for a child to become available for adoption at the last minute, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity for that child to be placed with you.
The average cost of a home study ranges from a thousand to two thousand dollars, give or take.2 Because your preliminary home study is valid for one year, there’s a chance your home study will expire before a child becomes available. That means you’ll have to have another home study completed. But consider that the cost of a home study breaks down to about $5 or $6 a day. That’s a small premium to insure you won’t miss a sudden opportunity for a child.
1 A home study is not required in private stepparent or relative adoptions.
2 This amount may or may not also include the post-placement home studies that must be conducted after the child is placed with you and before finalization of the adoption.
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