Eligibility Requirements for Home Study ServicesKentucky home study

Nightlight® Christian Adoptions is licensed by the Kentucky Department of Social Services to select suitable families for children needing adoption. The selection of adoptive parents is based on their eligibility to meet state and agency requirements, foreign country requirements (if applicable), their capacity for adoptive parenthood, and the availability of children whose needs they can meet.


Nightlight can perform home studies for families living throughout the state of Kentucky. There would be additional fees for travel.


Applicants must be committed to providing their child with a constructive, wholesome and spiritual home environment.


Adoptive applicants must give evidence of good health, both physical and mental, which will be verified during the application process by medical examinations and psychological evaluations.


None; however, the agency you are working with to complete your adoption may have age requirements.


Adoptive applicants are encouraged to have been married a minimum of three years when the home study begins. We hope this period will provide the couple sufficient time to establish a home, financial security, and to adjust to the marriage as well as to each other. Married applicants must have a satisfying and secure marriage. Single parents are eligible to adopt if they meet the qualifications of a stable home environment, financial security and have a strong support network of family and friends.


Classes and reading are required of adoptive families pertaining to parenting skills and adoption issues. Our goal is to prepare you to be the best parents possible for your child.


Adopting parents must be able to provide a financially stable home, demonstrated by a solid credit history and ability to live within their means.


Before you begin the adoption process, you need to complete all your infertility treatments so you can truly be ready to be the best parent for your adopted child. If you become pregnant while in the adoption process, notify our office immediately. We will place your file on hold. When you are ready to consider adoption again – generally at least when your child is nearing their first birthday – call us to discuss re-activating your file.


We would love to see you at one of our free information seminars! These seminars are an excellent way to have your preliminary questions answered, get to know the Nightlight staff and meet other families beginning the adoption process. To register for our next seminar check out our Events Page.

Where do we start for Nightlight – KY to do our home study only?

  1. Contact Hannah Tatman for a link to the online application.
  2. Read the Kentucky International Home Study Information Packet OR the Kentucky Domestic Home Study Information Packet.
  3. International home study fee (Nightlight clients): $1600.  Domestic home study fee: $1500. International home study only: $1700
  4. In addition, there is an application fee of $500.  This fee is only paid once, whether you are adopting Internationally, domestically, with Snowflakes, or are just doing a home study.

Begin the Home Study
Once we receive your application fee and accept your application, our Kentucky Home Study Coordinator will assign a social worker and send you a link to our online home study paperwork portal.

Please be sure to read the enclosed home study information before you submit your application. If you have any questions please contact Hannah Tatman by phone at (859)263-9964 or by e-mail at [email protected].