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International Adoption Guide Overview

Adopting a child is accomplished by taking one small step at a time with the Alliance staff assisting all along the way.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP...

  • Read through our website and learn more about us. If you live near our offices, you can attend one of our free adoption information meetings. Call and talk with us. Get to know us and give us the chance to get to know you. Print and return our online adoption application. If you prefer, contact Alliance’s main office by phone, mail, or e-mail, and leave a mailing address and phone number so we can send an application out to you. Complete it and send in it in.

THEN THE NEXT...

  • The home study consists of a series of meetings (with at least one visit to your home.) A typical time frame is two to three months, but this may vary depending upon each family’s situation and circumstance. To complete a home study with Alliance, prospective parents must be residents of a state in which we are licensed to conduct home studies. Those living outside those states need to have a home study prepared by an agency that is licensed in that state.
  • During the home study, your social worker will help you decide on an adoption program and help you complete the documentation necessary for your dossier. You can change adoption programs at any time; however, a change in the adoption program usually requires a change in paperwork.

AND THE NEXT...

  • Most international adoption programs require dossier documents to be "authenticated." Your social worker and/or program coordinator will explain how and where to do this. Once your dossier is complete, it is translated and sent to our referral source in your country of choice. They review the dossier, contact us, and make a referral of a child suited to your requests who is legally available for adoption.

AND FIND THAT YOU'VE BECOME A FAMILY!

  • After your child arrives home, your social worker will begin post-placement services, consisting of visits that will help you evaluate your child's adjustment and answer any questions you may have. The length of post-placement services and number of visits are determined by the program, the country, your state of residence, your needs, and the needs of your child.

The Department of State and the Council on Accreditation publish alerts and notices, provide comprehensive details about the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, and offer information and resources to prospective adoptive parents.  Here are links to both of these websites.
Department of State: www.adoption.state.gov
Council on Accreditation: www.coanet.org