WE HELP CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS FIND PERMANENT, LOVING FAMILIES
We provide home study and placement services in VA, MD, MN and Western WI. If you are a U.S. resident living outside of these areas, we can assist you with the placement of a child through one of our international programs, while you work with another agency, licensed in your state of residence, to complete your home study. It is common for families completing an international adoption to use one or two agencies. One needs to be licensed in your state of residence to complete the required home study; the second needs to be approved to work in the country from which you are adopting.
You can view our general agency service fees here; we recommend that you look at the country flyer of the program you are considering for a more in-depth understanding of each program’s costs.Quickly Compare International Programs with Our Chart
Tracks in International Adoption
There are three different track options for building your family through international adoption. All of our programs offer at least one of these tracks, some offer two or three options.
Adoptive parents complete the required steps in an international process and wait to be matched to a child.
Waiting Child Track
Adoptive parents match to a child for whom our agency is advocating, this may occur at various stages in the process. Eligibility criteria may be less restrictive for families adopting through this track.
Hague Convention regulations prevent agencies from matching children to families who do not have a current home study. Because children should not be delayed in their journey to permanency, the profiles of waiting children may be under review by more than one family at a time. Children will remain in advocacy until an approved family has been officially matched by the Central Authority in the child’s country. The submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) or Commitment does not guarantee approval or official match by the Central Authority. We will work with you and the child’s country as each step in the process progresses.View Children Who Currently Wait
Some of our country programs have specialized processes for adoptive parents who have origins in that country. This track may entail expedited time frames or eligibility criteria that differ from other tracks. Currently, our programs in Colombia, India and South Korea offer heritage tracks.
Host Children Waiting for adoption
Children’s Home partners with Kidsave to help older children from Colombia experience the joys of summer and to help them find permanent, loving, adoptive families through their Summer Miracles®Program. Children stay with host families for 4 to 5 weeks during the summer in designated communities throughout the United States. Generally, the children range in age from 10 to 14. Some may have siblings.Learn How You Can Host a Waiting Child from Colombia
We believe that international adoption is a last resort. Children should, whenever possible, remain:
- With their family
- With a relative
- In their community
- In their country
International adoption is complex and constantly evolving. Alongside entering the process with an open heart, preparation through education and self-evaluation is paramount to the lifelong success of any adoption. Our goal is to provide you with access to a wide range of resources to help you make informed decisions that are right for you and your family.
Global family support
We believe international adoption is a small piece of the much larger international child welfare puzzle. While adoption may be the solution for some, our ultimate goal is for children to thrive in the countries in which they live. Often relationships are maintained through Global Family Support long after an adoption program closes.Learn more about our Global Family Support
SERVING ALL FAMILIES
We are dedicated to serving all families. Each country determines its own eligibility requirements for international adoptive families. We partner with a variety of countries in order to provide options to individuals and families regardless of marital status, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, religion or race.Adoption by Single ParentsAdoption by LGBTQ Parents