Florida Home Study Services is licensed through the State as a child placing agency to conduct home studies and post placement visits.
A home study is a critical element to the adoption process.Adoption laws require approved home studies for all domestic and international adoptions. Home Studies are the first step in the adoption process. A home study helps determine: if there is a genuine desire to be a parent, the financial resources to raise a child, the emotional resources to raise a child, and to assess the stability of the home environment.We stay up to date in all the changing laws, regulations, and requirements.
You will find that the home study process is a supportive, educational, and interactive assessment- do not be intimidated or nervous, we are here for you! At the completion of the home study, we will provide you with all the documentation you need, including notarized originals! After the home study is complete, we hope you will stay in touch. We would love to hear from you and hear all about your new beautiful addition to your family.
We can also conduct your post placement visits that are required by law!
A child custody evaluation aka Social Investigation is conducted as part of some child custody cases. During the child custody evaluation both parents will be evaluated.
The Social Investigator will outline all of their findings and recommendations in a report that is presented to the Court. In addition, the social investigator will submit a proposed parenting plan that best fits the needs of the children.
As part of the child custody evaluation process the social investigator will meet with the parents, children, and any other occupants of the home. We will conduct a home visit and go through a detailed history of the parent's history to include the current course case. Our goal is to represent the best interest of the child and maintain a neutral relationship with the parents during the process.
You have brought your child home- this is an exciting time. Adoption law requires a series of post placement visits! These visits are designed to be a supportive "check in" for the adoptive parents and children.Our goal is to ensure that you have the resources and support you need during this period of adjustment. The number of post placement visits varies, we can discuss this with you on your initial free consultation. We would be delighted to work with you and your family for these post placement visits.
Give us a call today for your free consultation! 863-640-5493
I was born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida. After graduating college at UCF -I traveled and moved around the US and have lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Boston to name a few. I have 3 kiddos ranging from 18 years old- 7 years old. The love and admiration I have for my kids can't even be put into words.
I have a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and a second Master’s degree in Counseling. I am also a Certified Positive Discipline Educator- which basically means I work with families to teach them strategies, tricks, and tools to use to create a loving respectful relationship with their children and family as a whole. I have worked in the Social Services field my entire career. I am passionate about families, children, and the family unit.
As a child I was removed from my home and placed into foster care. I experienced the effects first hand of a overwhelmed, understaffed system. Ultimately, in order to escape the system, I became emancipated aka divorced my parents.
Now, I am a passionate professional dedicated to working with families and children as they strive to create healthy home environments and providing children with the stable and safe environment they long for. I am a professional speaker on the topics of foster care, adoption, and at risk youth. I truly look forward to working with you!
First comes love then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage… well not
always. After 5 years of marriage, we decided to start our family. But things didn’t go according
to plan. Throughout 7 years of hardships and countless fertility struggles, we still had no
children. During this time, we talked about adoption, for various reasons, we weren’t on the
same page. By 2013 we made the decision to adopt and knew immediately that this was what
we were meant to do. We are now the proud parents to a beautiful 3-year- old boy through the
gift of adoption. Looking back, I can’t imagine our story playing out in any other way.
After spending more than a decade in Human Resources I decided to make the jump into the field of adoptions. Working with adoptive parents and in the adoption field is a true passion of mine. I have been through the struggles of infertility, unsuccessful fertility treatments, and ultimately the sheer joy of adopting our son! I welcome the opportunity to work
together and look forward to meeting you and your family.
P.S. Fun Fact: Heather and Margeaux have been friends since early elementary school years! :)
*There is an application fee of $200 and travel fees MAY apply. Please call for more details and a complete quote.
*per visit, travel fees MAY apply.
aka Social Investigation
Total Cost Varies
To start a Social Investigation we require a $2500 retainer and our hourly rate is $125.00. The final cost will vary depending on the specific nature of your case. Any unused retainer will be returned after the completion of your Investigation.