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Our service and commitment to the family sets us apart from other agencies. We are adoptive parents and have walked this same path you will soon embark, and we have begun at the same place you will begin! We have affiliations with professional agencies who have finely tuned the intricacies of the international adoption process.  Although this process is never exactly perfect, we strive to help you have a most memorable and pleasant experience possible.




Where to start

Get in touch for info!

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Let us know of your interest by filling out an online Info Request form,  and we will send you a link to log into our adoption portal.   There you can find all of our information and fees when you log in.  We are also happy to send any information to you via hard copy via mail at your request.   You can call us at (806) 351-1100 ext 250 and leave us a message.  You may email us at info@littlemiracles.org or you can submit a online request.  One of our staff will contact you and explain the information to you in detail and you can decide whether Little Miracles suits your family and if your family qualifies for our services. There are no fees associated with contacting us for information and we are here to answer all of your pre-adoptive homestudy and post adoption questions.

Info Request Form

Inquiry and Provisional Review

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After we communicate with your family, if it is decided that your family qualifies for one of our programs you may submit your paperwork in the portal immediately!  Once you have decided to work with Little Miracles, you may start the inquiry review process with our agency and your selected program.  To start the Provisional Review, you will need create an account on our adoption portal by filling out an inquiry form on our site.  The fees are $280. The Adoption Portal provides you with a way to upload documentation to LMI for review.   LMI will review all your initial documentation.   Once we have assessed your inquiry form and other documentation you have given to us, telling us about your family LMI will approve your family to contract with our agency and your family shall begin the adoption documentation process.    The adoption portal is self paced so you can work on your adoption paperwork 24 hours a day!   We would love to serve your family!

Obtain a Homestudy

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Families who are adopting internationally must have an approved Adoption Study (homestudy) completed by a licensed agency/agent in their state of residence. When you choose an agency, we suggest that you ask how much education you will receive on adopting internationally, the fees for the study and the fees for post placement reports.

If you live in Texas anywhere we can conduct this study for you.

We have specific guidelines outlined for the home study agent, which will be given our Home Study Guide for more information.   Sometimes people change their minds in the middle of the process, decide to alter the age or the gender of your homestudy approval.   Sometimes families decide also to change countries.  If this happens you will need an updated homestudy done.

If you have a previous domestic home study, or a previous international home study, you may still need a completely new homestudy. Every home study from the State of Texas, over 6 months old, will have to have an update if placement has not occurred by the end of the 6 months. This is a Texas State law our agency adheres to.   Also all homestudies must be less than 6 months old to be submitted to immigration.

All home studies submitted from outside our agency will be reviewed by the LMI social worker and a review fee will be charged if your homestudy was not conducted by a Hague Accredited Agency.   If your homestudy is not from a Hague Accredited agency, there is a possibility you will need to get a new homestudy.

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Immigration Processing

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LMI will assist you to file your petitions with the USCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. In order to bring a child from another country into the United States for the purpose of adoption, you must comply with your state laws, with the laws, requirements, and regulations of the USCIS and those of the child’s country. You will be required to meet financial requirements. Your household income must equal or exceed 125% (100% for active military) of the Federal poverty line for your household size. The family size includes the child you are to adopt.

Once you have immigration approval, and you have adopted your child, you will begin the second USCIS approval. This petition must be approved before any child can enter the US for immigration purposes.

Wait Time

The wait for approval from the USCIS often tests your patience. Generally approvals take about 8-16 weeks, but many USCIS offices are backlogged and can take several months for approval. When you get your approval in the mail, please read it to make sure the American Embassy visa section in the correct country has been cabled to notify them of your approval. If your approval has been over 3 months in coming, please contact our office for instruction.

Documentation and Fingerprints

In addition to USCIS forms, you will be required to be fingerprinted, and submit identity documentation to USCIS.   Also any adult living in your home over the age of 18 will have to submit fingerprints as well. Only USCIS fingerprinting locations can be used and by appointment only. You will be notified of your fingerprint appointment shortly after you submit your first I600A or I800A form.


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Our adoption portal will serve up the specifics on dossier documents you need to gather for your adoption. LMI will review them and assist you in your document gathering.

Your dossier will be submitted to the country and registered and you begin your wait for a referral.


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When you receive a referral, you will be given 2 weeks in which to decide if this child is a good fit for your family.   You will be required to do additional education and talk to child placement specialists in our office regarding any needs of the child.

Prepare to Travel

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If you do not already have a passport, apply now! Instructions for application can be found at any US Post Office. Passports generally take 6-8 weeks to return back to you. You will need an original certified birth certificate to apply.



For some countries you will be required to obtain a letter of invitation and an entry visa. Please contact our office for specific instructions.

Make Travel Arrangements

LMI has a travel coordinator to assist you with your travel details.   You will be given an educational call regarding your travel.  We will give you information that will help you in the country.  Be sure to take all contact numbers with you that we give you, and print out your travel guide for easy reference!


After your adoption you will apply to the US embassy in the country for your child to obtain a visa.   LMI will assist you with this process.

You will obtain your child’s visa and travel home!