New Jersey - Home Study Application

Start your New Jersey home study with one of two PairTree partners: Alliance for Children or Holt International!

Meet Alliance for Children

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The staff at the Alliance for Children adoption agency has a long-standing professional and personal history with all areas of adoption.

We understand all aspects of the adoption process, both domestic and international adoption, and we walk each client through every step. Our caring staff provides individualized professional support services to meet the personal needs of each birth parent and adoptive family.

The moment you contact us, you become a part of our agency’s family. We are committed to providing adoption support services to our clients from your first phone call to long after your adoption is finalized.

Our expertise and experience are unlike anyone else. We were incorporated in 1974 and have provided adoption services continuously for decades. Our staff has many years of experience in the field of adoption and is knowledgeable in every aspect of the adoption process. Through tough times and joyous, we are here for you.

We care about building happy families from birth parents and adoptive parents to adopted children. Our honesty and trustworthiness is everything. We tell our families everything we know and provide them with the most up-to-date information. Our families and birth parents make their own decisions throughout their journeys while we guide them along.

We asked the Alliance team, "Why do you love working with hopeful adoptive parents?"

"Each family has their own story to tell, and we love getting to know them. We love being part of their adoption journey, as we are deeply committed to children, families, and adoption." 

What do you think is the best part of home studies?

"The best part of home studies is the interaction between the family and the worker: exchanging ideas, sharing thoughts, addressing questions/concerns, and providing encouragement and support."

How much does a home study with Alliance for Children cost?

A home study begins with a $550 application fee which rolls into the total $3,300 initial home study fee. Additional fees may apply.

Ready to get started?

1) Download and fill out the Alliance for Children application

2) Email it to and we will connect you with Michelle Kelley, the home study coordinator at Alliance for Children, to pay your $550 application fee. 

*Note: Alliance for Children does not currently use PairTree Home Base, our home study management platform. While PairTee works with our partners to include additional perks like discounted education and to ensure a smooth transition as a family begins their home study process, it is the responsibility of AFC to ensure a family completes their home study smoothly and efficiently. PairTree cannot guarantee a certain experience for a professional's own process outside of Home Base.

Meet Holt International

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Holt International helps children thrive in the love and stability of a family.  Holt pioneered the modern practice of international adoption in 1956 and continues to be the leading agency in the United States. Thousands of children have joined loving, permanent families through our adoption programs. Today, our primary focus is to help children remain in the loving care of their birth families whenever possible.

They work with families and other adoption agencies to complete domestic and international home study and post-placement requirements. The home study is a key piece of your adoption process. Before you can be approved to adopt, a social worker in your state needs to assess your family and prepare a written report about you. Holt International’s social workers will provide personal and caring support as they assist you with your adoption. If you are using a different agency for your adoption placement, Holt can still help you! 

What Families Are Saying About Holt

"Every single staff member at Holt was incredible. They were kind, understanding, resourceful, compassionate, and knowledgeable about all things adoption. We honestly felt that the staff was 100% invested in us and fully supported us through our journey."


"Excellent staff! We love Holt and are thankful for the professionalism we have experienced. Our social worker has provided us with so much support throughout our journey. We are incredibly grateful!"

How much does a home study with Holt International cost?

A home study begins with a $350 application fee and a $2,900 initial home study fee. Additional fees may apply.

View Holt International's complete fees here.

Ready to get started?

1) Complete Holt International's application. Holt will contact you if your application is accepted and discuss the next steps of the home study process.

2) Schedule time with Laurie Shelton to discuss additional ways PairTree can help you on your adoption journey.


Learn more about PairTree Home Study

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Learn more about the process of completing your home study with PairTree and Holt International.