History of Abuse or Violence as an Offender: In reviewing your home study, we have identified that it does not include evidence that the home study preparerasked the applicant, spouse, and any additional adult household member whether they have a history of the following: substance abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse, or family violence, whether it be in the US or abroad even if such history did not result in arrest or conviction. This information must be documented in the home study. In addition, please notate the applicant’s and/or any household member’s responses to the direct questions. Please note that a single offense may constitute a history. If there is a history, the home study should also include the following information:
1. The dates of each arrest or conviction or history of substance abuse, sexual abuse or child abuse, and/or family violence; or,
2. If not resulting in an arrest, the date or time period (if occurring over an extended period of time) of each occurrence and
3. Details including any mitigating circumstances about each incident.
Each statement must be signed, under penalty of perjury, by the person to whom the incident relates.
Criminal History: In reviewing your home study, we have identified that it does not include evidence that the home study preparer has inquired about any criminal history of the applicant, spouse, and adult household members. Any criminal history must be detailed in the home study. If criminal history does not exist, this should be noted in the home study as well.
Country Specific Requirements: In reviewing your home study, we have identified that it does not include a statement of the facts relevant to the applicant’s eligibility for adoption in the indicated Convention country, in light of the specific requirements of that country. Please include this in your home study.
I hope this information helps. Once the revisions are complete please forward an electronic version to me for preview before sending the original out to the address below:
Department of Homeland Security