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All the countries that we work with have laws in place regarding international adoption. Most of these laws require parents to be present in the court proceedings presided by the county judges. Many U.S. state laws also require the parents to see the child before adoption, these are called pre-adoptive requirements and you should check to see what your states’ pre-adoptive requirements are before beginning an adoption. The length of travel is dependent on the country’s laws.
The cost to adopt internationally is about $13,000.00-30,000.00 total costs, about the same or less than adopting a child or infant domestically. These fees are not paid in one lump sum, but paid as you move along in the adoption process. Consider just the overhead of operating an office. Multiply that by 2 because you will be dealing with at least 2 offices with business expenses, legal staff and operating staff. Then you have drivers and transportation on behalf of yourself as your facilitator runs around doing pre adoptive paperwork. Sometimes they have to travel great distances to file paperwork and get the ball rolling. Facilitation agencies spend as much money on fed-ex and communication with the US based office. Office supplies are more expensive and harder to come by overseas. The dossier is many pages and takes translator hours of non-stop work to translate and type. The costs overseas are numerous and add up. The services that the family pays for are well worth all that is paid; yet the amounts are sometimes out of the agency control. Our agency fees are for the case management and professional services. Foreign fees are for services abroad and orphanage donations. To maintain licensing and provide high quality services we have to cover all operating expenses and provide a sufficient reserve for emergencies or problems. Problems do occur during international adoption sometimes and it is comforting to know that you have a caring agency that you can call, before, during or after your adoption. In addition you will have travel expenses, home study expenses, INS processing expenses and document gathering costs.
Adoption laws are in place to protect both family and child here and abroad. There is no room for exceptions when it comes to adoption law and all legal matters are to be followed by the book according to the law of the country you are adopting from. There are two governments that will be involved in the adoption of your child, so the process becomes a very tedious affair. Many times there is an additional Ministry of Education or centralized adoption committee that we will deal with in other countries to add to the wait and paperwork.
Our social work staff, combined with your homestudy agent’s recommendation, along with the support of our foreign social work staff, starts at the beginning by counseling parents to locate their strong and weak spots in order to make decisions regarding the age, race, gender, health and number of children to be adopted at the same time. We consider whether the parents can handle the risks involved in the adoption of two unrelated children, two unrelated children of the same age “artificial twinning” and the placement of children out of birth order. All of these criteria will be evaluated on each and every family. We work with the foreign staff, after your home study is complete to locate a child or children that will best suit your family according to the descriptions we are able to come up with in our information gathering about your family. We only place siblings in the same family when there is knowledge of available siblings.
You will need to fill out a LMI application and send it in with the application fee and appropriate program fee due with application. If you wish you may send it in for prior review without the fee, but your adoption will not be processed until the fee is paid. Then the adoption process will begin. If you reside out of the Texas Panhandle LMI will assist you in locating a home study agent that is affiliated with an international adoption agency. The home study assesses your ability to handle the stresses of adoption and parent the child, and provides proof that you are physically, emotionally and financially healthy and stable in your relationship. There will be specific documents you must gather for the homestudy and may also require that you be fingerprinted and run through the child abuse registry in your state. In addition to the home study you will be required to fill out an I-600A form from the INS. LMI will assist you to fill this out. This will begin the process of your international adoption on the immigration side. You can submit the I600A without your homestudy, and send it after it is approved. See our Getting started with your adoption page.
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