America World-IN is licensed and Hague accredited Indiana adoption agency providing home study services for adoption. Although our primary role is to provide home study services for families adopting through America World, we are also able to prepare home study and post adoption reports for families using other placement agencies who meet America World's agency requirements. Our office is located in Westfield, IN but we have Home Study Coordinators who are available to travel anywhere in the state to assist your family.
The Home Study is a major part of the adoption process designed to help you, America World, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and the foreign government assess your ability to provide a loving home for an orphan. A home study is an assessment process that provides a written report that is a comprehensive picture of your background, current family life and how this new child will be integrated into your family. It is designed to be a non-judgmental, educational and fruitful process. Some of the topics discussed during the home study process are motivation for adoption, expectations regarding adoption: short-term and long term, attitude towards biological parents, type of child desired: age, sex, medical or emotional concerns, and attitudes of extended family and non-resident siblings. Your home study coordinator will also explore your values related to parenting, marriage, finances, spiritual beliefs, and child-care plans. These discussions will all take place during four face-to-face visits, one of which must be in your home. For residents in the state of Indiana, state and federal criminal record checks, child abuse registry checks, sex offender registry check, references will be obtained. You will need to provide a copy of your birth certificate, marriage license, financial history and income verification, and medical statements for all members of the family. All of these items will be collected and reported in the home study.
AWAA-IN also provides post adoption services for your adoption. Post adoption visits are vital to help an adoptive family adjust and transition as a new family unit. We will visit your family in your home to assess your transition and write a post adoption report. Each country and even some states have their own post adoption requirements. Your social worker will ensure that all state, agency and country requirements are met in your post adoptive reports. At a minimum you will be required to have at least two post adoption visits. In addition to post adoption visits and reports, we will be available to offer support and referrals for special services, education and/or trainings.
A Note From Laura Carpenter, MSSW, CSW, LSW, Indiana Director of Social Services
My name is Laura Carpenter and I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville. I have been blessed in my life with twin boys and became a parent to them in 2010.
I have 20+ years of experience in the field of social work, working in the child welfare system, managing foster care and adoption programs, working with individuals with disabilities and individuals facing adversity. I’ve always had a heart for children who are in need of loving families. Since God blessed me with the opportunity to be the parent of two wonderful little boys it is my desire to help children and families come together and experience that same blessing. I’m blessed to be a part of America World and being able to be a part of providing that gift to all. I look forward to helping others on that journey.
How to Begin
If you are adopting through America World, you will begin by completing an application online. Once your application has been approved and we have received your program agreements, we will contact you to initiate the home study. If you are not using America World as your placing agency, but would like to use our local social services in Indiana, you may fill out the application online and choose "Social Services Only" under Application Type. The application fee for a social service only case is reduced to $175. Once the application is processed, our office will contact you and will work directly with you and your placement agency to ensure all requirements are met in your home study and post adoption reports. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Carpenter.
America World - Indiana
17313 Retford Drive
Westfield, IN, 46074
9 AM - 5 PM ET
Phone: 800-429-3369 x 179