Adoption Home Studies

Karen’s perspective is that the home study can be fun and exciting as it is the beginning step to bringing your child home. It is a great opportunity to learn what wonderful parents you will be, and one of the first steps to building your family. Her approach eliminates the intimidation experienced by many families since she provides a stress-free adoptive process. No stress – just joy and fun!

No stress, just joy and fun!

One of the first steps in the adoption process is a home study. This mandatory assessment actually includes both a Pre- and Post-Home Study with all family members in the home. The detailed findings of these reports are provided to the judge involved in the adoption to aid in planning and decision making.


Karen helped us walk through our adoption journey. From our very first phone call through our post-placement visit, Karen was a calming, compassionate, and reassuring supporter. Her support and comfort helped us stick through the 2 1/2 year process of waiting for our son to pick us. She has become a dear friend.

Karen was amazing to work with! As first time adoptive parents we were understandably nervous about completing the home study process, but Karen made us feel such at ease. She was very respectful, caring, and professional. She had wonderful communication and explained everything clearly. We would absolutely recommend her to anyone going through the home study process and would definitely use her in a future adoption. We are so honored to have had Karen be a part in starting our family!
~ Joey & KayC Parks

We contacted Karen to fulfill the out-of-state pre- and post-home study requirements of our same-sex adoption of our first child from the state of Florida. Karen worked closely with our adoption agency, the adoption attorneys, and us to facilitate the needs of all parties, providing extremely timely and personal reports to help make our dream of starting a family come true! Karen was an absolute pleasure to work with! She is extremely professional, takes great pride in her work, and devotes a great deal of her time and energy into the social work she does for others. Karen has an amazing ability to make you feel very comfortable during what many consider a very nerve-racking part of the adoption process. Never once did we feel we were being interrogated or asked questions that weren’t relevant to the adoption. The home studies were conducted at times that worked best for both Karen and us, and had the warm feeling of a close friend or family visiting – relaxed and very conversational. It is with great enthusiasm, we highly recommend Karen and her services for couples going through the adoption process.
~William, Christopher and Preston Hansen

Karen truly made something we were both a little nervous about a completely relaxed and enjoyable experience.
~Amanda & Travis

Karen was so expedient and really had our families best interest at heart. Thank you so much for your help!
~Laura Green

As we navigated our way through our adoption there were so many things to do. One of the most daunting was the Home Study and meeting with the Social Worker who would write our report to be submitted with our Adoption Paperwork. We were so happy to meet with Karen at our home in the Fall of 2008. She was warm and knowledgable. An easy communicator Karen immediately made us comfortable and confident in her abilities to evaluate us as an adoptive couple. She was also helpful in walking us through the process and giving us realistic timelines. We received our report within 2 weeks of our meeting. In March or 2009 we met our Birth Mother and waited for our son to arrive in June 2009! The birth of our son was such a wonderful and emotional time. We took our new baby home and waited for our final hearing in a few weeks. There were complications when our birth father’s family challenged our adoption and we were delayed about 6 months. We were steadfast in our devotion and intentions to adopt our son. Eventually everyone came to believe he was meant to be with us and we could move forward. That’s when we really knew how fortunate we were to have Karen on our team. She was able to meet with us very quickly as we had to get our final packet submitted in just days! Karen was once again accommodating , professional, and quick. We made our final hearing date of December 24th and our son Jens officially a Nissen on Christmas Eve 2009! Nissen means Christmas Elf in Danish! It truly was meant to be and we know Karen was a big part of our success.”We would give her our highest recommendation !
~ Carolyn and Peter Nissen & Jens

We thought it would be stressful with awkward questions but instead we had fun and enjoyed our time with you. We were definitely blessed to have found you and we are very thankful!
We had fun 🙂
~ Josie and Craig Lucy and Kona

Karen is phenomenal, she helped us with every little step encompassed in the home study for our adoption, she was quick, knowledgeable and very compassionate about her work. My family was very nervous about the home study. When Karen came to our home she was non judgmental, caring, kind, and made us feel so comfortable; we felt like we were talking with a friend, not a social worker. It was a wonderful experience. I would recommend Karen highly to anyone!! She helped us make or dreams come true with the adoption of our daughter ,Kali. Thank you Karen!!!!
~ Krissy White

I am incredibly thankful that we were able to work with Karen Buckley to complete the home studies for both of our adoptions. Her kind manner, professionalism, and compassion made an emotional time in our lives much easier. Initially, I was very nervous about the home study so I was surprised that the home study turned out to be one of the most pleasant and positive experiences I’ve ever had. Karen can make any exchange between two people, from a short phone call to a thorough interview, pleasant and comfortable. Karen listens attentively, asks questions in a non-confrontational manner, and really makes you feel at ease. She is also a good listener. Our completed home study was an accurate reflection of our strengths as parents. I appreciate the time and effort Karen spent to make sure the report was accurate, clear, and thorough. Our second adoption was completed on a very short timeline and Karen jumped right in, getting our interview completed within 24 hours of our phone call and finishing up the home study within 48 hours of that. We were so grateful for her extra effort. Karen came to the rescue and gave us one less thing to worry about. I could not be happier with our experience working with Karen.
~ Julie & Brett Lytle

Thanks again for everything (and especially for making this so painless). We are getting so, so, so excited!
~Amber Coleman

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Karen M. Buckley, LLC
2608 Pacific Ave SE Suite C, Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 556-0201
Fax: (360) 357-6218
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