Adoption Agencies: International
Nearly everyone who is trying to adopt a child internationally will end up calling an adoption agency. This is because a Home Study needs to be completed and international adoption agencies have a good track record for finding and placing children.
We are Adoption Services, Inc. We are a licensed non-profit adoption agency and able to assist adopting families residing in any state in the U.S. and with U.S. citizens living in other countries. Historically, we have conducted both international and domestic child adoptions but currently we are only assisting in domestic adoptions.
We are much more than just a child adoption agency. We are also caring people who are doing everything within our power to assist pregnant women, birth parents, adopting families and children everywhere. In fact, we have created one of the largest sources of available adoption information spanning 7 different websites on everything from how to adopt a child, how to become a better parent, plus all kinds of information to assist you, pregnant women and birth parents with everything from financial and medical assistance programs to support groups. We do all this because we care.
Feel free to contact us or call (toll-free 1(800)943-0400) if you have any questions or if you want our guidance or help. All calls are confidential and there is never any obligation to you for our help. If for any reason you would like the help of some other child adoption agency, please read further down the page and you will be taken to lists of adoption agencies around the U.S. that may be able to help you.
International Adoption Agencies
In looking for an international child adoption agency your guidelines and questions should be somewhat similar to those listed under domestic adoption agencies, but below are some unique questions to ask.
What kinds of children do they place? Are they able to provide babies from only one country, or are they able to place children from more than one country? What countries are they approved to work with and what countries do they recommend? Have they done similar adoptions for people in your area? Can they let you know who these people are so you may call them and use them as additional resources?
What is the relationship between them and the foreign source? What range of services do they provide? What will be the costs for their services? What are their processing procedures? How many interviews will they need to conduct with you?
Do they have any specific requirements regarding the age or health conditions of the adopting parents? Does it matter to them how long you have been married or if you have other children? Do your religious beliefs make any difference? What kinds of services do they provide after the baby is placed with you?
In a foreign adoption the process usually proceeds something like the following:
You find a U.S. based agency that has contacts with other agencies or private sources in foreign countries. You register with the U.S. agency. If they are not in your state, then they should be in contact with a local agency in your state. Hopefully, this will be near your home.
The U.S. based agency does a home study for you if they are in your state. If they cannot, they will instruct you to arrange for a local agency in your state to do the home study for them.
The U.S. based agency with whom you are registered makes contact with the foreign agency or foreign referral source. They tell the foreign source of your wishes to adopt a child.
The foreign source identifies an adoptable child. They call your U.S. based agency. The U.S. agency will provide you with all the information about the child. They can do this directly or they may also go through the local agency, the one that did your home study.
After you have looked over this information, you will have to decide whether you want to accept the referral or not. The U.S. based agency helps the foreign agency to complete the paperwork and helps make arrangements for you to travel to the foreign country to receive and adopt your child.
International Child Adoption Agencies in the U.S.
Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in the U. S.
Click here to see a list of child adoption agencies in your state.
Additional Help and Resources
For more information about domestic child adoption click on the link Domestic adoption.
Adoption Services has extensive experience with open and closed child adoption as well as variations of these two. We are able to help you with an adoption regardless of the state in which you reside.
Remember that in every adoption, except a intra family adoption, you will need a Home Study. Adoption Services is able to complete a Home Study for adopting persons who are residents of PA, NJ, NY, VA, WV, and FL.
Please visit our home page to read about our commitment to assist adoptive parents like you as well as pregnant women and birth parents.
Why You Need an Adoption Consultant
There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), losing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney. He can help you save your time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.