- At least one adoption applicant must be a citizen of the U.S.
- All adult household members, age 18 and older, will be fingerprinted by USCIS for an FBI criminal background check, which is separate from any background check required by an applicant's state of residence.
- For Hague adoptions, available child abuse registries must be checked for any state or foreign country that an adult member of the household has resided in since turning 18 years of age.
- The home study must be updated and submitted to USCIS if there is a significant change in the family situation or there is a change in the characteristics (e.g. age, gender, health status) of the child the family intends to adopt.