Travel.State.Gov > Intercountry Adoption > Adoption Reference > Adoption FAQs > FAQ: Conducting Home Studies for American Citizens Residing Abroad in Incoming/Immigrating Convention Cases
This guidance applies to home studies prepared abroad in "incoming / immigrating" adoption cases covered by the Hague Adoption Convention (i.e., cases in which a U.S. citizen habitually resident in the United States seeks to adopt a child habitually resident in a Convention country). Provisions of both the U.S. Department of State regulation on accreditation in Convention cases and the USCIS regulation on Convention cases apply to adoption service providers conducting home studies abroad in incoming Convention cases.
Example 1: A private social worker of any nationality practicing in Convention Country X who
Example 2: An employee of a U.S. accredited or temporarily accredited agency that
Example 3: A government agency of Country X that is authorized to perform home studies in Country X for U.S. citizens.
Example 4: A private social worker of any nationality practicing in the United States and in Convention Country X who
This guidance was cleared with USCIS.