Getting Started

Welcome! We are honored that your family has chosen Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. to complete and partner with your family through the home study process. Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. is committed to providing you and your family with quality support, and we wish you much success throughout your home study and adoption process. To get started please follow these steps, in the designated order:


  • Please complete Application and submit your $100 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee. Submit Application and Application Fee (to shorten the process, the application form can be located on the website and payment can be submitted via PayPal (please select the “Make a Payment” link below). Or if you prefer, the application and a check can be mailed to 3355 Lenox Road Suite 750 Atlanta, Georgia 30326.
  • When completing your forms, always use your FULL LEGAL NAME – no nicknames!
  • All of your home study documents must be dated within six months of when you begin your home study report.




Once someone has contacted you from Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. and approved you as an initial applicant of Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc. complete the following forms prior to scheduling your first appointment with your caseworker: Please print “Welcome and Instructions” along with “Documentation Checklist” and complete in the following order:

If you are completing an international adoption you will need to complete the traditional FBI fingerprint check; please ask for the traditional FBI instructions for international adoption. The international FBI prints take up to 10 weeks to return, please obtain your FBI prints and mail immediately as instructions state so this does not delay the completion of your home study. If you are completing a domestic adoption you can utilize the Livescan fingerprinting process through

Complete Criminal Background Clearance (Please read instructions and complete local criminal check, GBI, and FBI checks).  If applicable, you will need to obtain a Certified Arrest Disposition and compose a letter of explanation surrounding this incident should you have been arrested for any reason, no matter how long ago it may have been.

Sign Form “Consents for Criminal Record Check

Complete 911 Screen using “911 Screen Form

Complete “Release for Child Abuse Registry” 

Complete Parolee Corrections and National Sex Offender Instructions (follow given instructions)

Complete “Autobiography” Form (one per adoptive applicant) 



The following Forms will need to be completed.  These can be completed throughout the home study process, though please allow ample time to complete otherwise your home study completion will be delayed.

Complete “Medical Report” and/or “Pediatric Report (Adults and any household members age 16 and up – use “Medical Report” and household members ages 0-15 use “Pediatric Medical Report”. Please note for international adoption: check with your placement agency to see if any additional blood work or screens are needed other than the Drug test, TB, HIV our Agency requires as part of the home study process. ****If you have seen a mental health professional in the last two years, a letter from this provider must also be provided (this letter must include the following topics: length of therapeutic relationship; reasons treatment was initially sought by client; topics addressed in therapy; diagnoses (if applicable); treatment plan; and the professional’s recommendation on your upcoming adoption)

Complete “Hippa and Release of Information” Form

Complete “Financial Form

Compile Supporting Financial Doc’s (include 2 most recent years’ tax returns pages 1 and 2 of 1040; include copy of lease, rental agreement or most recent mortgage statement; provide copies of all claimed assets (i.e. 401k, savings account, checking account, etc.)

Obtain Employment and Salary Verification ( a letter from employer stating employment dates and salary)

Reference Letters (4 nonfamily/1 family for each applicant = *A total of 5 Reference Letters must be mailed directly to ARC from the reference person).  If you have worked with children in the past 5 years, an additional reference letter must be obtained from that employer. (Reference Letter Form)

Complete “Gun Safety Form and Pool Safety Form

Complete “Child Safety Agreement

Obtain FedEx number and Complete “FedEx Form

Complete “Certification of Adoptive Parent Preparation and Education Form

Complete “Guardianship Form

Complete “Third Party Release (this indicates who we have permission to release your home study information to)

Please show proof of original, however a copy can be provided to Adoption Resources & Counseling, Inc.

Provide Proof of Medical Insurance Verification (i.e. copy of front and back of health insurance card)

Copy of Drivers License

Copy of Auto Insurance

If not a US Citizen, Confirmation of US Citizenship (show proof of passport, naturalization papers, Green Card)

Copy of Birth Certificate

If applicable, Copy of Adoption Decrees

If applicable, Copy of Marriage License

If applicable, Copy of Divorce Decrees

If applicable, Copy of Death Certificates

If applicable, Copy of Military Discharge

If applicable, Rabies Verification on all pets

Copy of Water/Sewage Bill or Sanitation Inspection

Picture of Household Members & Pictures of Home

Provide Address List for all residences in the last ten years


It is very important that you retain a COMPLETE copy of your ENTIRE home study packet as you will be required to submit THREE SETS of ALL the documents below to your placing agency. If you do not bring THREE sets with you when you travel to bring your child home, you will be delayed in returning to Georgia with your child! Make a fourth set of copies for your own records. Please make your photocopies prior to the arrival of your case worker.

Please remember, your home study report is valid for twelve months from when it is dated. If you will be requiring a home study update, please contact us at least two months before your home study report expires. If your adoption is not completed within twelve months, you will have to update your home study report.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 678-860-0849.

Mindi Elliott
Executive Director