If you plan to adopt a foreign child (i.e. a child who is not a Singapore Citizen), you are required to obtain a favourable Home Study Report (HSR) by an agency accredited by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, such as TOUCH Adoption (TAS).
The purpose of the HSR is to assess your suitability and readiness to adopt a child. This must be done prior to searching for a suitable child or initiating legal adoption proceedings. The home study process involves interviews, screenings and home visits. You will be assessed on areas such as your motivation to adopt, views on adoption, family, marital, medical and employment history, childcare arrangement, parenting styles, and other relevant information involving adoption and adoptive parenting.
How long is the Home Study Report valid for?
A HSR is valid for two years. You are required to obtain a fresh HSR if the validity of your HSR has expired.
Each HSR is valid for one adoption only. A fresh home study is required for subsequent adoptions.
How do I apply for a HSR?
After attending the compulsory pre-adoption briefing (PAB), you can log onto: https://app.adoption.gov.sg/ApplyForHomeStudy.aspx to select your desired agency to do your HSR.
Feedback from our clients
“TOUCH Adoption staff were simply amazing and were always available to help us understand the process and what to do next. They were also very thorough and made sure that everything went smoothly for us. Considering that we were having to adopt in Singapore while being based overseas, I feel they went the extra mile to make sure that we didn’t encounter any nasty surprises by arming us with the pertinent information and watching out for any oversight that might result in delays. We are very grateful for how TOUCH has helped us along this process and I must say that the feeling is a sense of empowerment as we embark on this milestone of becoming adoptive parents.” – Mr. G. S.
“There are few people in our lives who have profoundly influenced and shaped our life journey. We consider our meeting with our assessor to be one of these experiences. She is extremely dedicated, tenacious, sensitive, perceptive and works in the best interest of all parties involved. TOUCH Adoption staff has been professional, helpful and meticulous in ensuring this adoption process to be smooth sailing. Thank you very much!” – Mdm Halimah
“The assessor was kind and patient, very experienced and knowledgeable in her work and in the procedures and policies. She is a professional staff who make the whole journey of adoption a wonderful one. TOUCH is definitely my first choice of agency and I would highly recommend to my friends.” – Mr and Mrs Lim
“The service rendered was prompt and professional. The assessor was very detailed, approachable, communicative and a good listener. We were initially nervous about how the interview would be like but the assessor put us at ease with her friendly and professional demeanour. She was very easy to talk to and also very helpful with her advice.” – Mr and Mrs Ben Lim
“We are very impressed by the professionalism and availability of all the members we have had the pleasure to deal with, and will definitely recommend TOUCH Adoption to anyone in the adoption process.” – Mr and Mrs D.G
“My wife and I are extremely grateful to TOUCH Adoption staff for their patience, kindness and understanding. They made exceptions and went the extra mile to help us in our time of need.” – Mr and Mrs Teh
“Firstly, I would like to commend TOUCH Adoption staff for her professionalism, helpfulness and patience. She is always helpful on answering all questions about the adoption procedure. In addition, the assessor was so understanding and patient during the interview session as my wife’s command of English was limited.” – Mr and Mrs Kow