Louisiana - Home Study Application

Start your Louisiana home study process by completing the application below. You will work with Amy Alvarez!

Meet Amy Alvarez

amy alvarezAmy Alvarez, LCSW-BACS, MPH, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working in adoption. She began her career working as a counselor in a local maternity home. She was also the director of adoption services for a large human services agency in New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. Throughout her career, she has provided birthparent counseling, adoption home studies and postplacement services as a private practitioner, partnering with agencies and attorneys. 
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College and Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Health from Tulane University. She also holds a Certificate in Forensic Social Work from Tulane, and completed a fellowship in Infant Mental Health with Louisiana State University School of Medicine. In addition, she has advanced training in perinatal mood disorders. She is LGBTQ-allied and committed to social justice.
When not providing social work services, she is an award-winning professional actor and cabaret singer, and has performed in New Orleans, Baltimore, and New York City. She is also a wife, and a mom and is really into cats.
She loves working in adoption because families are endlessly fascinating. There's no one way to be a family, and she is passionate about tearing down the old-fashioned gatekeeping that continues to live in the adoption world. To that end, she is especially interested in working with LGBTQ+ families. The adoption experience can encompass such a wide range of emotions- grief, loss, joy, and hope for the future.
"It is my honor to walk with families whose lives are touched by adoption." - Amy Alvarez
"I am very impressed with Amy’s professionalism and knowledge when it comes to home studies. She is extremely thorough, kind and thoughtful. I would recommend Amy to any families needing a home study in the adoption process. She is fair, open minded and goes above and beyond for her clients." - Rachel Eriksen, LCSW-BACS

How much does a home study cost?

  • Family residing in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and
    Plaquemines parishes: $2,000.
  • Family residing in Tangipahoa, St. James, St. John, Assumption, Lafourche and
    Terrebonne parishes: $2,300.
  • Family residing in St. Mary, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Pointe
    Coupee parishes: $2,600.

She does not provide services in parishes other than those listed above.

Complete your Louisiana Home Study Application

The first step in your home study is to complete the application below. After your application is received and approved, you will be contacted by our PairTree team for the next steps. 

Learn more about PairTree Home Study

Discover how PairTree can support you on your adoption journey!

Learn more about the full PairTree Home Study process.