Below is an overview of the process. It unfolds a little differently for each applicant, but to know the major steps helps all of us to successfully complete the adoption.
Beginning the Process
To help us better determine the program you are best suited for; consider submitting a Pre-Application. The Pre-Application can be done online on our website here. You are also welcome to call us at 516-747-2204 and we are available for an orientation at our main office.
Once you are ready to begin, fill out an Adoptive Family Profile (a more detailed application). The form can be downloaded online here. If you would like a hard copy, call or e-mail us.
Once the AFP is approved, we will present the Adoption Service Agreement. The fee disclosures can be seen at on our website here. If you would like a Sample Agreement for review, call or e-mail us. With receipt of the adoption agreement, the estimated length of time for each program begins.
The home study report the document that evaluates and approves your family for an adoption. The home study process is the steps leading up to that report. We will help you obtain the required clearance, medical reports, financial statement, employer’s letter, tax returns, birth and marriage certificates. For some programs, the list of documents needed is quite long. We will provide the forms and instructions on what is needed.
You will be required to complete at least ten hours of parent education prior to your child’s arrival in the United States, (China requires 12). Most families complete the workshops online with Adoption Learning Partners. To see their prices and offerings, visit www.adoptionlearningpartners.org.
Once the needed workshops are done and the documents are completed, a New Beginnings’ Social Worker will make the home visits and write the report. The home study report is our formal approval, and is the basis of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the foreign country’s approvals. To obtain USCIS approval, New Beginnings will assist filing form I-600A or I-800A. At this time, USCIS is approving the family for an International adoption.
Your dossier will be sent to the foreign country for approval. It would include many of the same documents you gathered for the home study, the home study report and the USCIS approval. For most programs the documents will need to be legalized. This is the verification of signature starting with a notary. It can be complicated and New Beginnings will guide you through this process.
The Assignment and Acceptance
After the dossier has been received and approved by the foreign country, the next step is the assignment (sometimes called the referral). For some programs the assignment comes soon after the dossier is received, and others can take a year or more.
The assignment is the child’s information. Although the amount of details vary from country to country and child to child, the assignment would included current and background information on the child, medical reports and photographs of the child. It might have information on the biological mother. This is a very exciting time and our caseworker and staff will be there to counsel you on your decision.
For families adopting a waiting child or relative, the child is known before receiving the child’s information. The foreign countries is still required to compiled and present the child information and legal documents.
It is possible that there still may be undiscovered or undiagnosed medical conditions or problems. New Beginnings strongly urges our families to contact an independent medical specialist to evaluate any information received. Should the family or their doctor have any concerns about the information received, New Beginnings will request more information as soon as possible.
Bringing Your Child Home
The excitement of accepting the assignment is soon followed by anticipation waiting for your child to come home. Once the child’s legal information is received, New Beginnings will assist in the paperwork for USCIS approval. After USCIS has approved, you will travel to the child’s country of birth for the child to be placed in your custody. For most programs, the adoption is finalized as well. New Beginnings will assist in this step in the adoption process too. You will have to begin parenting your child when abroad. As such, New Beginnings strives to have people on ground in the foreign country to assist you the adoption procedures during your stay there. Your responsibility is to your child. We do our best to arrange everything else.
Post Adoption Placement Supervision
If you have adopted the child while abroad, will be post-adoption services. If the formal adoption is after you are home, it is post-placement services. Services are provided in both situations. During the supervisory period, you and your social worker will meet at least three times to see how everyone is adjusting and to provide information and support to the family. The length of the supervision can be as short as six months, but can be years. These longer supervisory periods will usually allow for self reports.
Estimating the Length of Time
The following is based on our averages. Please remember, individual cases will vary from these estimates.
- Home Study, USCIS and Dossier submission. This would take four to six months in Korea; six months in China, and six to nine months in Thailand.
- Dossier to Assignment. This can take three or four months in Korea and China, and a year or more in Thailand.
- Acceptance to Placement will take four months in China and nine months in Korea and Thailand.