A home study is a series of meetings, and interviews involving the clinical social working and the prospective adoptive family. Generally within four months of a family’s application to adopt, New York State requires a home study be completed. The home study allows agencies to find out more about what the prospective family has to offer.

The adoption home study is an opportunity for you to help the social worker understand who you are as a family, where you came from, and what you hope for in the future. After completion of the home study, the social worker prepares a written summary about the family that will assess your capacity to love and nurture a child brought into the family via adoption. The agency then uses this summary in placement process.

Individuals and couples in New York State who are pursuing a domestic adoption must be pre-certified as qualified adoptive parents by the court in their county of residence before taking custody of a child. The pre-certification process is initiated by the family’s attorney, who will file the petition requesting certification with the court.

Our adoptive home study reports are accepted by New York State Courts for purposes of pre-certification.

For more information please call the office at (631) 673-5433.


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Barbara Posillico, LCSW


Barbara Posillico is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescent and family psychotherapy. In addition to her private practice Barbara has worked in a variety of settings for the past eighteen years. After graduating from Adelphi University in 1996 she worked as a crisis intervention social worker for the PINS program of Suffolk County Family Court. Barbara worked for the Town of Huntington’s Sanctuary program for at risk teenagers and their families. She also worked as a consultant for Huntington High School where she counseled Special Education students. Barbara’s unique style and warm approach enables teenagers to relax and feel comfortable, and creates a safe place where they can begin to open up and gain a better understanding of themselves. Having someone to guide and coach them early on in life will reap benefits well into their future.Barbara also focuses on parents, who are the primary influences in their children’s lives. She believes strongly that the more educated and supportive the parents are the better futures their children will enjoy as they enter adulthood.

Julie Hochman, LCSW

Julie Hochman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked in supporting youth, adolescents and their families for more than 15 years. A graduate of SUNY Binghamton and Adelphi University, she works from a strengths-based, family systems perspective in addressing a variety of issues that impact the families of today. Julie has extensive experience in working with adolescent and family issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, anger management, adoption, grief and loss, abuse, trauma, divorce, and school-related concerns. Her expertise has also been helpful in counseling adults as they transition in their own lives with issues such as parenting, stress in the home and workplace, and healthy separation and divorce. Julie has gained and shared her experience through her work in community mental health clinics, schools, non-profit agencies and as guest lecturer on the university level.


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Joanne Stone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Huntington community and has been in practice for over 20 years.  She offers counseling services to adults, adolescents and couples.  Joanne has a relaxed manner making her easy to engage with in session and takes a humanistic approach to psychotherapy.  Joanne has worked also in mental health clinic settings and is experienced in treating anxiety and depression using an eclectic approach.  Joanne practices mindfulness meditation in her life, has found it very helpful and also uses it in therapy.