St. Joseph Children’s Home provides a continuum of care to children and families in the state of Kentucky. In addition to the services we provide to children in our residential care program, the SJCH Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption Program has been providing referral, training and ongoing support services to families interested in becoming foster or adoptive families in the state of Kentucky since 1996.

SJCH staff members have many years experience completing home studies and are eager to assist families seeking a home study to complete an independent or international adoption. Please call us for more information. Supplemental services like adoption training, post-­‐placement home visits and reports, birth parent interviews and even just updated home studies are also available from SJCH.

Except in a few specific situations, the state of Kentucky requires that all individuals interested in pursuing adoption have a home study completed by a state licensed adoption agency. The purpose of the home study is to allow the case worker to get to know the applicants and assess the family’s appropriateness for adoption. When a family inquires about a home study through St. Joseph Children’s Home, they will receive an application packet. This packet will include a detailed explanation of the home study process and a list of state required documentation such as:

• Birth Certificates
• Marriage License
• Physical Health Forms
• Background Checks
• References

After reviewing the completed application paperwork, the adoptive family should then contact SJCH for delivery and scheduling of a home visit with a case manager. The home study consists of one face to face visit in the prospective adoptive family home. The goal is to ensure and document safety in physical environment as well as getting to know the family better. During the interview process, topics of discussion will include things such as:

• Motivation to Adopt
• Personal and Family Interests
• Childhood and Educational Experiences
• Significant People in the Life of the Family
• Support Systems/Child Care Plan
• Health
• Finances/Employment
• Marital Stability
• Discipline Techniques/Philosophy
• Spiritual Views

SJCH staff members are eager to assist families seeking a home study to complete an independent or international adoption.

Kentucky/SJCH Requirements for Adoptive Families
*Applicant must be a Kentucky Resident

• Must be between the ages of 21 and 65.
• Can be married or single, but if married, must be married for a period of two years.
• Must be in good physical and mental health and provide a signed release form to discuss any health concerns with the medical provider.
• Must have their own personal source of income.
• Have no serious criminal convictions. No one with crimes against children shall be approved.
• Own or rent a home that provides a safe physical environment.

Inquiry Process
To learn more about our independent adoption services, please call:

Lisa Barber Atwell
St. Joseph Children’s Home
Assistant Director of Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption
(502) 893-0241 #208

In an effort to achieve St. Joe's mission of "Giving Children a Home," we will highlight St. Joe's kids who are still waiting to find their forever families and need your help!

St. Joe's first Adoption Spotlight is "Stephen" who has been living at St. Joe's for three years and has been waiting to be placed in his forever home. Stephen is nine years old and is a victim of fetal alcohol syndrome. He was removed from his parents care at a very young age. His adoptive mother died in 2012, when Stephen was five years old, and he was placed back into the state's care. Stephen's adoptive father later terminated his parental rights and has no contact with him at all.

Stephen has intellectual and physical delays due to his trauma as well as behavioral health issues. His feet do not align well and he struggles some in walking. When Stephen arrived at St. Joe's he could not communicate well. Because of his traumas, he developed a very over-active imagination and has created a special private world to live in.

Stephen has made so much improvement while living at St. Joe's and does great at school! He speaks well and continues to show progress with his communication skills.

Stephen loves St. Joe's and the staff cares deeply for him. The other kids also love him and want to take care of him. He loves to be in the swimming pool and is able to ride a bike thanks to his staff and fellow peers teaching him how to do so! He loves bugs, animals, and super heroes! He has made so much progress at St. Joe's.

All Stephen really wants is a family to love him and take care of him. Stephen has lived a St. Joe's for too long and really needs to be in a family environment. Would you consider helping Stephen today? Share Stephen's story with your family and friends or click on to get started!

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Independent Adoption Home Study Fee Schedule

$2000 Home Study Narrative
Includes application, references, background checks, home visit and everything needed for initial home study report. One follow up home visit after child placed and the court report recommending finalization of adoption all inclusive.

$1000 Home Study Narrative Update
If a family has had an Independent Adoption Study Narrative completed elsewhere and a copy of the report is shared, we can provide an update for half the cost of an original.

$100 Fee for each Additional Monthly Home Visit and Report
Some states and placing agencies may require monthly updates after a child is placed up until the adoption is finalized.

$90 Training Curriculum Per Person
Some agencies and states may require adoption education. We can offer 30 hour training – 10 sessions or prorated ($9) for each particular session(s) if required. If seeking training without purchasing a home study narrative or update, the fee would be higher, at $30 a session per person.


St. Joseph Children’s Home
2823 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-0241
(877) 893-0241