Every adoption involves a journey of the heart. It should not be taken lightly because it involves a lifetime commitment to another human being. Thousands of children around the world are separated each year from their biological parents and family. Through no fault of their own, and perhaps through no fault of their family, they are abandoned and institutionalized.
Thankfully, the United States and foreign government have recognized this and made these children available for intercountry adoption and to give them the opportunity to unit with loving permanent families, who will cherish them and give them the opportunities that they otherwise might never experience.
Are you ready for international adoption? This process will change your life and the life of a child, forever. It is important to understand the gravity of this commitment. If you feel certain that you can give the love and support needed, you may begin the process by contacting Faith for necessary next steps and support for your adoption process.
To adopt a child from another country and bring the child to live in the United States, you must be found eligible under the U.S. law and the law of foreign government. This is determined by the the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and by the central adoption authority of the foreign country. There are different set of requirements that the prospective adoptive parents must qualify in order to adopt from a foreign country: national requirements, state requirements, and foreign country requirements.
At least one adoptive parents must be a U.S. citizen. If you are unmarried, you must be at least 25 years old. If you are married, you must jointly adopt the child (even if you are separate but not divorced), and your spouse must also be either a U.S citizen or in legal status in the United States. You must meet certain requirements that will determine your suitability as a prospectie adoptive parent, including criminal background checks, fingerprinting, and a homestudy.
In addition to qualifying to adopt under U.S. law, you must also meet your home state’s requirements for prospective adoptive parents.
Foreign Country Requirements
Each country has its own set of requirements for prospective adopting parents. Visit the program page to learn about requirements for country that you are interesting in adopting from.
Hague Adoption Convention
The United Sattes is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention on Protection of Children and Corporation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (often referred as “Hague Adoption Convention“) since April 1, 2008. It establishes important standards and safeguards to protect intercountry adoptions. These protections apply to you if yu choose to adopt from a country that is also party to the Convention. Your adoption will be know as a Hague adoption. It is important to determine if you wish to pursue a Hague adoption at the early stage of your adoption process.
International Adoption A - Z
This is a good resource provided by the Office of Children’s Issues, a part of the U.S. Department of State, to help you as a prospective adoptive parent to understand the basic facts and guidelines of the international adoption process. You will find many helpful information, tips, and advices on how to plan and start your adoption from a foreign country.
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The Council on Accreditation (COA) is a national accrediting body approved by the United States Department of State to conduct Hague accreditation and approval reviews. COA invites the public to provide comment on inter-country adoption service providers seeking Hague accreditation or approval or renewal of Hague accreditation or approval. Click here to provide comment about services of Faith International Adoptions.