Home Study & CIS Updates

Important Information Regarding Your Home Study and U.S. CIS Update

Hello,

You have been directed to this webpage because, from the information that we have on file, it appears that you need to update your approval with U.S. CIS (Citizenship & Immigration Service). It is essential that you keep your CIS approval up to date throughout your adoption process. Failure to do so can result in significant delays in bringing your child home. Extending your I600A or I800A requires a home study update that will eventually be filed with your extension request.  Although we are diligent in our efforts to keep this site up to date, state agencies and U.S. CIS often change their requirements without notice. In these instances, we may need to request additional documentation from you.

Steps in the process:

1.  Please complete all necessary paperwork in the three sections below. Be attentive to directions as they differ for each form. Your home study update can not be completed without the necessary items. It might be helpful to bookmark this page so you can navigate to it as a guide easily.

2.  Our finance office will be sending you an invoice for the Home Study Update Fee of $500.  Please pay promptly.

3.  Your social worker will be in touch in a few weeks to schedule a home visit.  We ask you to get a head start on the paperwork so that she can ultimately write her report shortly after your visit.

Please contact us should you have any questions about updating your Home Study or CIS approval. We understand that this may feel overwhelming at times, and we are here to guide and support you through this critical step in your adoption process.

Best regards,

Your Home Study & CIS Coordinator

Christina Cetrone
781-419-0314
ccetrone@whfc.org

 

SECTION 1:  CIS FORMS

To extend an I600A approval for adoption from countries not party to the Hague Convention (i.e., Korea), please send Christina 1) a letter based on this template, 2) Request for Action form, and 3) fee (if needed)

To extend an I800A approval for adoption from countries party to the Hague Convention (i.e., China, Philippines, Colombia, Burundi), please send Christina a completed Supplement 3 with fee (if needed).

Each I600A or I800A approval includes one free extension and refingerprinting as long as the extension request is filed before the expiration date. Late or subsequent requests require a fee.

SECTION II:  FOR ALL FAMILIES REGARDLESS OF STATE OF RESIDENCE

1. HOME STUDY CHANGE OF STATUS FORM
One Per Family

2. MEDICAL STATEMENT FORM
One for each member of the household – regardless of age

3. MOST RECENT 1040 Tax Form – please submit a copy of first two pages only.  

SECTION III:  COMPLETE YOUR STATE SPECIFIC PAPERWORK

FOR CONNECTICUT RESIDENTS

CRIMINAL CLEARANCE REQUEST FORM
One for each member of the household – age 16 and older

CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY CHECK

  •  complete only the one for your current state of residence for updates
  • include each member of the househole – age 16 and older

FOR MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS

CRIMINAL CLEARANCE REQUEST FORM
One for each member of the household – age 15 and older
Must include photocopy of your U.S. passport or driver’s license.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MA RECENTLY STARTED REQUIRING FINGERPRINTS AS PART OF THE CRIMINAL RECORDS PROCESS.  The CORI unit will send us a fingerprint permission letter once they initially process your CORI.  This letter will include a unique identifier for you and instructions on making a printing appointment.  We will pass this along to you as soon as we receive it – usually 2-4 weeks after you submit your initial form.  You will pay a fingerprinting fee of $35 per person when making the appointment. 

CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY CHECK

  •  complete only the one for your current state of residence for updates
  • include each member of the househole – age 14 and older

FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK INSTRUCTIONS – this will help you determine whether you need Form 1 (and fingerprinting instructions) or Form 2
Last updated: 1/25/2017

CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK REQUEST FORM – FORM 1
Last updated: 1/25/2017

FINGERPRINTING INSTRUCTIONS
Last updated: 1/25/2017

CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK REQUEST FORM – FORM 2
Last updated: 1/25/2017

CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY CHECK

  • complete only the one for your current state of residence for updates
  • include each member of the househole – age 17 and older

FOR NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS

CRIMINAL CLEARANCE REQUEST FORM
One for each member of the household – age 18 and older
Click here for instructions that must be read carefully.
There is a fee of $57.20/person.

CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY CHECK

  •  complete only the one for your current state of residence for updates
  • include each member of the household – age 18 and older
  • include a check for $10 per person made out to “State of New Jersey Treasurer”

FOR NEW YORK RESIDENTS

CRIMINAL CLEARANCE REQUEST FORM
Criminal clearances are updated by our Main office. A faxed request will be submitted to the NYS Office of Children and Families on your behalf. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Mary Shaughnessy-Moy in our Main office at 781-894-5330.

CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY CHECK

  • complete only the one for your current state of residence for updates
  • include each member of the househole – age 18 and older

Please complete this request and return to Wide Horizons’ Main Office to the address above Attn: Applications Coordinator. You likely saved a copy of this form the first time you completed it during your initial home study and this can assist you. DO NOT MAIL TO THE STATE YOURSELF.

FOR RHODE ISLAND RESIDENTS

CRIMINAL CLEARANCE REQUEST FORM
One for each member of the household – age 18 and older
Must include photocopy of your U.S. passport or drivers license
There is a fee of $5/person . Checks should be made payable to B.C.I.

DOMESTIC FINGERPRINTS

CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY CHECK

  •  complete only the one for your current state of residence for updates
  • include each member of the househole – age 17 and older

FOR VERMONT RESIDENTS

BACKGROUND CLEARANCE REQUEST FORM
One for each member of the household – age 18 and older

CHILD SUPPORT RELEASE FORM
One for each member of the household – age 18 and older – even if you do not pay child support

DMV RECORDS CHECK REQUEST FORM
One for each member of the household – age 18 and older
There is a fee of $16/person associated with this request – check should be made payable to VT – Department of Motor Vehicles