How To Process An Adoption From Abroad
Adopting a child is a noble thing to do. There are a lot of children out there who are desperate and eager to have a family. Though there are a lot of children to adopt, the process of adoption is not that easy. There are certain rules and laws that you have to follow. The adoption process can stop if you do not have the necessary requirements. Even with the best intentions, you will need to be deemed fit to be a parent or your wish to adopt from abroad will not be granted.
It’s important that you be ready to adopt a child. You should think deeply if you really want this and if you are ready for it. There is one more process that you have to go through after the adoption process: the citizenship or immigration of the child you are adopting. Now if you think you are ready and you have what it takes to adopt a child, these are the steps to process your adoption from abroad:
Process An Adoption From Abroad
In the US, there are different territorial and provincial adoption agencies that you can work with. They are the ones who will tell you:
- About the rules or laws of the country where you would want to adopt a child
- If you needed to contact a licensed adoption agency
- How adoption from abroad works
They are also going to make sure that you have all that it takes to adopt a child.
International Adopting Process
Once you got the approval that you will be able to adopt, the international adopting process will start. This is where you are going to fill out an application asking for more details. You will have questions that would measure your sustainability to adopt a child. You will get the Adoption Service Contract afterwards.
Accomplish A Home Study Report
You must write a report about your home and they will see if your home is qualify for adoption. After the home study process, you will fill out your report.
You should accomplish your dossier. Collection of documents is part of the first stage of the adoption process. They will need medical certificates, financial statements, birth certificates, etc. There are countries that would require for all documents to be notarized or legalized.
You must attend pre-adoption workshops and seminars. This is going to make you ready for the arrival of the child you want to adopt.
Once all these processes are complete, a certified adoption agent will visit your home to formally write the report.
Acceptance And Assignment
You will now receive information about the child you are adopting. Information such as medical reports, histories and sometimes even information about the biological parents. If there is something that you dis-like, you may stop the process and another assignment will be given to you.
Bringing Your Child Home
After the process, you can bring your child home. This is obviously the end goal to process an adoption from abroad. In some countries, you must visit the country you are adopting from. Your parenting duties will start from there. In other countries, they will be sending the child to you.
In six months to one year, you will be required to meet with your adoption agent for at least 3 or 4 times to see how your adoption is going. To finalize the adoption, you must re-adopt the child in the US. You then will be working on the second process: the immigration or the citizenship process. You must file citizenship and a passport for the member of your family. Applying for a U.S. Passport takes 4-6 weeks or longer. You will want to make sure you have all of your documents ready. Parental consent is required for ALL child passport applications. If you need your passport expedited, we highly recommend using a trusted passport courier service. You can get your new child passport process in 24 hours if necessary. For more information, please visit out Emergency Passport section.