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International Adoptions

Alliance for Children has been doing international adoptions for decades, having placed thousands of children in adoptive homes since the very first child arrived from Colombia in the mid-1970s. While the landscape of international adoption is ever-changing, this pathway to building a family remains a wonderful option!

Each country has its own set of guidelines that govern such things as eligibility requirements, travel, wait times, type of children available for adoption, etc. Please note that these are set by the sending country — Alliance for Children has no control over these guidelines—and they change periodically.

  • The international adoption process begins with the completion of a home study and the gathering of a set of documents, known as a dossier.
  • Next, the federal government goes through an approval process that will allow a family to bring an internationally adopted child into the US.
  • After those steps are finished, the paperwork can be sent overseas, followed by the amazing, incredible, heart-stopping news about a child! In some countries this means receiving a photograph and medical information abut a specific child, and in others it means receiving an invitation to travel to meet a child and obtain the information at that time.
  • All programs require at least one visit to a child's country of origin, though some require more. We make sure that our families know what to expect when they travel, what to pack, and what documents are needed for each step of the process. We have translators and guides who will meet our families at the airport and accompany them to all the places they need to go. And always remember: we are never more than a phone call or email away with any questions that come up! This trip is a wonderful and unique opportunity, and gives an adoptive family a very special chance to experience their child's birth country first-hand. As children grow, their parents' experiences, stories, memories, and photographs become an important part of the adoption journey.
  • Once a family returns home with their child, they will start to settle into a routine as a brand new family! This begins the post-placement phase of the adoption process. Families will have several post-placement visits with their social worker, which may vary depending upon the requirements of the country, the program, the family's state of residence, and the needs of the child. The social worker's role during the post-placement period is to make sure that the adjustment and transition is going smoothly and to serve as a resource and source of support.

CountryEligibility RequirementsChildren AvailableProcess Before Traveling
Dominican Republic
  • Married heterosexual couples.
  • Couples must be married for 5 years minimum and must apply jointly for the adoption of a child.
  • Parents must be between 30-60 years old and at least 15 years older than the child to be adopted.
  • Parents must be in good health and have no criminal history.
  • Children ages 3 and older available.
  • Sibling groups available.
  • Children with special needs available.
  • Children are tested for TB, Hepatitis B and HIV.
  • Children are in orphanages.
  • Complete a home study by a Hague- Accredited agency.
  • Satisfy the laws of the state where you reside.
  • Apply to USCIS for advanced approval to be eligible to adopt.
  • Meet the eligibility requirement of the Dominican Republic’s Adoption Laws and provide necessary documentation to CONANI in the Dominican Republic.
Vietnam
  • Married couples and single women.
  • Parents ages 25-55 and at least 20 years older than child.
  • Couples must demonstrate a long-term, stable, mature relationship.
  • No more than 4 children already in the home.
  • Applicants with health conditions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants with an arrest record will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Children under 5 with minor, moderate and major special needs.
  • Children over 5 with or without known special needs.
  • Sibling groups of any age.
  • Families may state a gender preference but there are no guarantees.
  • Apply to USCIS for advanced approval to be eligible to adopt.
  • Satisfy the laws of the state where you reside.
  • Complete a home study by a licensed agency.
  • Meet the eligibility requirement of the Vietnam and Hague Adoption Laws and provide necessary documents to the Vietnamese government.
Colombia
  • Colombians are encouraged to adopt.  Older children, children with special needs and sibling groups are available for adoption by families of any age.

Parents

  • To age 25-40 may apply to adopt children up to 35 months of age
  • Ages 41-45 may apply to adopt children between the ages of 36 to 59 months of age
  • Ages 46-50 may apply to adopt children between the ages of 60 to 83 months of age
  • Ages 51-54 may apply to adopt children between the ages of 84-107 months of age
  • Applicants of other nationalities may apply to adopt older children, children with special needs and sibling groups.
  • Infants and children of all ages available.
  • Children are tested for Hepatitis B, HIV and VDRL.
  • Children are in foster care and small nurseries.
  • Apply to USCIS for advanced approval to be eligible to adopt.
  • Satisfy the laws of the state where you reside.
  • Complete a home study by a licensed agency.
  • Meet the eligibility requirement of the Colombian Adoption Laws and provide necessary documents to the Colombian government.
Bulgaria
  • Married couples and single women over 18 years of age.
  • There must be at least a 15-year age difference between the child(ren) and at least one parent.
  • Parent(s) must be in good health and have no criminal history.
  • Infants, toddlers, young children and sibling groups available.
  • Children are tested for Hepatitis B and HIV.
  • Children are in houses for medical and social care.
  • Apply to USCIS for advanced approval to be eligible to adopt.
  • Satisfy the laws of the state where you reside.
  • Complete a home study by a licensed agency.
  • Meet the eligibility requirement of the Bulgarian Adoption Laws and provide necessary documents to the Bulgarian Ministry of Justice.
Romania
  • Married couples and single males and females accepted.
  • Parents 25-55 years old accepted. Parents over 55 accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • At least one parent must hold a Romanian passport.
  • Children and sibling groups age 3 years and up.
  • Children are tested for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
  • Children are in orphanages or small communal homes.
  • Apply to USCIS for advanced approval to be eligible to adopt.
  • Satisfy the laws of the state where you reside.
  • Complete a home study by a licensed agency.
  • Meet the eligibility requirement of the Romanian Adoption Laws and provide required documents to the Romanian Office for Adoption.
Taiwan
  • Couples must be married a minimum of three years.
  • Single parents are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Parents must be under age 55 and at least 20 years older than child.
  • Parents should be college educated with a minimum of $100,000 income.
  • Families with no more than 1 child already in home are preferred.
  • Couples must own their residence.
  • Both parents must be healthy with no criminal history.
  • All families are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Children ages 4 and up available
  • Toddlers available occasionally
  • Children are tested for Hepatitis B, HIV and VDRL.
  • Families must be open to a child of either gender.
  • Apply to USCIS for advanced approval to be eligible to adopt.
  • Satisfy the laws of the state where you reside.
  • Complete a home study by a licensed agency.
  • Meet the eligibility requirement of the Taiwan Adoption Laws and provide necessary documents to the Taiwanese government.