Step 3 - Home Study

When your application has been received, it's time to begin the home study process!  Your home study fee is now due when you start this step, and there will be a link available on the left to pay that fee when you reach this stage.

 There are three distinct steps to your home study:

  • Paperwork
  • Training
  • Home visits


The paperwork for the home study can seem a little overwhelming, but we will break it down for you into smaller steps, and guide you through the entire process!  To help you stay organized, we will maintain a checklist, and we will send you an updated copy as documents are received.

Initial Forms

There are a few things that need to be taken care of at the beginning of the home study process.  First, families need to review our agency polices and procedures, as well as some resources from the state of Ohio.  Those documents may be found under "Documents and Forms when you reach this step.

After you have reviewed this information, you will need to upload several documents using our secure website:

  1. Drivers Licenses and Social Security Cards - these are needed to complete a check of the Ohio Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect.  .
  2. "Risk Acknowledgement" Form 
  3. "Receipt of Forms"
  4. Release of Information Form 

These forms are all available through the Documents and Links page.

State of Ohio Forms

Some of the documents that are required for your home study are forms maintained by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.  These can be located on the Documents and Links page.  When they are completed, you can scan the forms and upload them via the Document Submission form.


Name and Description


Fire Inspection Report (to be completed by the local fire department)


Applicant Financial Statement


Medical Statement (Required for each household member)


Child Characteristics Checklist (Please print this form, and complete a draft copy to be reviewed with your assessor during one of your home visits.)

* Please note that the Fire Inspection Report and Medical Statements are time sensitive.  These forms need to be signed and dated within 6 months of the completion of the home study.  If for any reason, you anticipate a delay in the home study process, we advise you to complete those specific forms last.

Supplemental Documentation

A number of supporting documents are necessary to verify information provide on some of the other forms.  These include:

  • Copies of birth certificates for each household member
  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Copies of pay stubs for a two-month period (must be dated within 6 months of the home study completion date)
  • A copy of one month's utility bills, including each utility necessary to maintain the household
  • A copy of veterinary records for pets in the home (if applicable)

All of these documents can be submitted using the Document Submission form.

Criminal Background Checks

Both BCI and FBI reports are required for all applicants and household members 18 years of age and older.  Please have your prints taken electronically at a convenient location.  Locations can be found here:  Background checks should be run using code 2151 86.  Please request that the reports are mailed directly to Spirit of Faith Adoptions, 3315 Centennial Rd., Suite A-1, Sylvania, OH  43560.  Note: Household members who turn 18 years of age will need to have BCI and FBI background checks initiated within ten working days of the individual's eighteenth birthday.

Reference Forms

In addition to the spiritual reference obtained during the initial inquiry step, Spirit of Faith Adoptions is required to obtain four personal references, as well as employment and childcare/volunteer references if applicable.    The references required will be based on the information listed on your Application for Child Placement form.  The online reference form can be accessed on the Documents and Links page.  You are welcome to copy the link and email it to your references.

In some cases, the same person may be providing more than one type of references.  The references form is divided into sections, so the person completing the form can respond to all the relevant sections at one time.

Additionally, if any applicant has seen a mental health therapist within the past 5 years, we will require a letter written by the therapist and printed on the therapist's letterhead.  This letter may be submitted using the Upload a Document function.

Once we receive these references, we are required to contact them to verify their information.  You may want to alert your references of that ahead of time.  Information provided by the references will be included in your home study document.

Additional Forms

There are three additional documents that need to be completed, the Information and Consent Form, the Autobiography Information Form, and the fire escape plan for the home.  All of these are available on the Documents and Links page.  The Information and Consent form and be completed online.  The Autobiography form from the Documents and Links page can be completed using Microsoft Word.  Finally, you can access a template for the fire escape plan .  Upload the completed documents using the Document Submission form.


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