Do I need a Primary Provider?
Yes, a primary provider is needed for an international adoption. Many countries do not have established agencies providing adoption services. For these situations, New Beginnings offers primary provider services. We have assisted families adopting from Jamaica, Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Ghana, Guyana and Togo.
What Children are Available for Adoption?
Many of the adoptions are of relatives. As with all adoptions, the child must be an orphan. A child with no parents because death or abandonment. An orphan can also a child of a surviving parent who is incapable of providing proper care. Or the surviving parent has irrevocable released the child for immigration and adoption. The child must be under the age of 16, but there are exceptions for siblings. New Beginnings discourages families from identifying a non-relative child to adopt on their own. This is better done through an orphanage or that country’s adoption authority.
Is a Home Study needed?
A Hague home study is needed. This is one done or supervises by the primary provider. Before the passage of the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) in 2014, some families would be able to adopt internationally with the aid of an immigration attorney and a private home study. They might have gone to the court for pre-approval. This process will no longer work.
What is the Primary Provider?
The Primary Provider is a Hague authorized adoption agency. The primary provider will oversee the adoption services to ensure they are performed properly and ethically. The primary provider is also responsible for the implementation of a service plan for the adoption. The service plan identifies the agency or institution that will provided each of the adoption services. The UAA guidelines provide a method to do international adoptions. In following the UAA we can best endure your child can come home to you without setbacks.
The Country can be Hague or Non-Hague?
Hague and non-Hague also matters in the country you are adopting from. If the country is a Hague country, such as Ivory Coast or Ghana, a primary provider is still needed, but the services will be different. In researching the country you are adopting from, we recommend the State Department’s website. It will tell you if the country is a member of the Hague Treaty as well as the step and requirements to adopt.
What are the Steps?
In starting the process, the State Departments and New Beginnings’ recommends finding the primary provider first. That agency will direct the home study and the adoption process. For all international adoptions, the family needs to be approved first. This is done with a Hague home study, then USCIS. After this, the adoption process in the country can begin.
- Nationality — One adopting parent must be a U.S. citizen. For most countries in which primary provider services are being sought, one parent would be a national from that country.
- Age — Minimum age is 25. There is no age limit. Our guideline is there should be no more than a 45 year age difference between the child and the youngest parent. In relative adoptions, individual circumstances are considered.
- Marital Status — If the country allows, single applicants are permitted. When permitted, it is often limited to single females. If married, our guidelines are to be married at least two years, or evidence of established relationship. The country’s requirements for the length of marriage may be longer.
- Income — 125% over the poverty guidelines and Financial stability.
- Health — Good health without medical concerns.
- Family Composition — All adults and children in the home must be interviewed in for the home study. Adults will be required to get clearances.
- Country Requirements — Must met the requirements of the country adopting from.
Considering New Beginnings as the Primary Provider
For many countries and types of adoptions, we can help. There are many unique situations and challenges. If you are considering primary provider services, fill out a pre-application and we will schedule a time to speak.