Steps In The Process
An Overview Of The Steps In The International Adoption Process
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Begin 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. 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 and submit the Adoptive Family Profile (a more detailed application).
Once the AFP is approved, we will receive the Adoption Service Agreement. The fee disclosures can be seen on our website here. If you would like a Sample Agreement for review, check out our disclosures page or call or e-mail us.
After the dossier has been approved by the foreign country, you will be presented the assignment, sometimes called the referral or match. This is the child’s background study for your consideration. It includes pictures, medical reports, developmental information, and available social history. This is a very exciting time and our staff will be there to answer any questions.
For families adopting a waiting child, information on the child is usually made available early in the process. In a relative adoption information on the child is known as well. In both situations, the foreign countries will still present the child background study and legal documents.
We urge our families to contact an independent medical specialist to evaluate the information at the assignment. If there are any concerns, New Beginnings will request additional information.
Post Adoption/Placement Supervision
After you come home, you will need to have post-adoption or post-placement services. 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 your family. The length of the supervision can be as short as six months, but for some countries, it can be longer. These longer supervisory periods will usually allow for self-reports.
The home study evaluates a family’s strengths for an adoption. To prepare for the home study, we will need supporting documents: clearances, medical reports, financial statement, references, etc. We will provide the proper forms and instructions on what is needed.
Parent Training is also required. Workshops are done online with Adoption Learning Partners.
Once these are complete, a Social Worker will schedule the home visits and write the home study report. The home study is sent to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for their approval. Then, the home study, the USCIS approval, and supporting documents are gathered for your Dossier that is sent to the foreign country.
Bringing Your Child Home
The excitement of accepting the assignment is soon followed by the anticipation of bringing your child home. Once the child’s legal information is received, New Beginnings will assist with the USCIS filing for the child’s immigration. Once approved, you can travel. There, you will take custody of your child. For many programs, the adoption is finalized in the country as well. There are some countries in which guardianship is given and the adoption is finalized in the US.
Anticipate some period for adjustment the first days and weeks of parenting. There will be changes to his routine, diet, sleep. There are new faces, new smells, new everything. Of course, there will also be changes to your routine, diet, and sleep as well. With a little empathy and patience, you will be enjoying the first days of your new lives together.
Estimating Length OF Time
In estimating the length of time, we begin a the receipt of the adoption service agreement. The estimates include the time it takes to complete the home study, and receive and accept the assignment. And ends when you bring your child home. The following is based on our averages. Please remember, individual cases will vary from these estimates.
- Korea, 12 to 18 months.
- China, 12 to 15 months.
- Thailand, 24 to 36 months.
Home Study. The process to have your home study completed, USCIS approval and dossier prepared and submitted, takes three to five months for Korea; six to eight months in China, and six to nine months in Thailand. The adopting family has some control over the home study by how quickly supporting documents are completed.
Assignment. The length of time from when the dossier is submitted to the assignment is as little as two to four weeks in Korea. In China, families often have an identified child when the process is initiated. The formal referral will still take two or three months. In Thailand, anticipate a year or more for the assignment.
When you’ve made the decision to adopt, put together a financial plan before you begin the process. Adoptions come with the standard agency, legal and home study fees, but for international adoptions, there are additional travel, visa expenses and a fee to the foreign agency to consider.
The culture and heritage of your adopted child are vital elements to think about in preparation for an adoptive placement. By embracing your child’s heritage and culture, you will bring a new and exciting dimension to your family life. Your child will benefit by fostering pride and respect for his or her country of origin and its rich traditions.
For families who have completed the adoption process and are home with their new child, filing more paperwork is often at the bottom of their list of things to do. Fortunately, many international adoptions now result in a Certificate of Citizenship (COC) being issued...