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See below for a list of International Agencies we have worked with!

International Adoption

Agency Requirements for International Adoption Program

What are the requirements to adopt from country X?

What is the timeline and expenses to adopt from country X?

on a country and decided on an agency, if they are willing to supervise, it is time to contact ASI !

Once you have decided

Go To : https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption.html

and click on Intercountry Adoptions to explore requirements, processes, and statistics. 

When you contact the International Agencies here are some ?'s to ask...

1. On April 1, 2008 The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force. All seeking to adopt a child who habitually resides in any country outside of the United States that is a party to the Convention must follow the Hague process.

The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international treaty that provides important safeguards to protect the best interests of children, birth parents, and adoptive parents who are involved in intercountry adoptions.

If you are considering international adoption there are some things you need to understand and research to be done before we can begin the homestudy process.

At Adoption Services we have a few of our own requirements for our prospective adoptive couples before they start the homestudy process. Our program requirements are:

  • Couples must be married at least one-year and meet the marriage requirements of the country they are adopting from. 
  • Adoptive parent must be in reasonably good health.  Individuals who are in remission from cancer, or have received alcohol and/or drug therapy, will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Adoptive parent will have an income adequate to provide for the daily living of a child and meet the USCIS minimum income requirement.
  • Adoptive parent must notify the agency immediately if a successful pregnancy is achieved.
  • Adoptive parent must understand the youngest child in their home must be at least one year of age before they will be considered for a homestudy.
  • Adoptive parent will be assessed on a case-by-case basis for approval to adopt more than one child at a time.
  • Single individuals may apply with the agency.
  • Criteria limits may be adjusted in the case of children with special needs.
  • All candidates must meet the State of Wisconsin requirements for adoption homestudies.
  • Couples/individuals will agree not to use spanking as a form of discipline.

♥  Interested families and single prospective adoptive applicants shall meet the requirements listed above. 

We do our best to individualize each experience and decision we make; above all, we always reserve the right to make exceptions to any or all of our requirements.

Adoption Link: Is our in house partner for the Haiti program. To learn more about the programs contact any of our offices at (414) 332-1800. Adoption Link also has programs in Uganda, Ethiopia, Russia, and China.

Adoption International Inc.: (www.adoptmeinternational.org) with programs from Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Uganda.

Children’s Home Society and Family Services: (www.chsfs.org) with programs from China, Columbia, Ethiopia, India, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Carolina Adoption Services: (www.carolinaadoption.org) with programs in Armenia, Rumania, China, Bulgaria, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Moldova, Nepal, Peru, Russia, and Ukraine.

Celebrate Children International: (www.celebratechildren.org) with programs from Ethiopia, Haiti and Taiwan.

Spence-Chapin: (www.spence-chapin.org ) With Programs from Colombia, Bulgaria, and South Africa.

* Programs offered by out partners are often changing so the programs listed here may no longer be available and partners may offer more programs than the ones listed here.

What support is there for families built through international adoption?

There are a number of support groups for international adoptions. They often provide fun cultural activities for children, as well as important parenting support from other adoptive parents.  For information on resources in your area please contact us.

An ever changing process

Decide which countries you are interested in exploring.

Each country has their own set of requirements for whom they will accept as candidates for adoption.

3. ASI is not accredited or approved by HAGUE or COA. However we have done International homestudies under the supervision of several agencies with International programs.

Are you willing to supervise a home study from an agency in our state?

Are you HAGUE or COA accredited?

Next you will want to get online and find agencies that have programs in the countries you are interested in.

Despite all the changes in International Adoption...
It is still possible, and a viable option, for expanding your family!

Your adoption journey will just have a different starting point some thorough research.

2. In 2012 The Universal Accreditation Act was passed and went into effect on July 14, 2014. It stated, " All agencies or persons that provide adoption servises (for Intercountry adoptions) must be accredited (HAGUE or COA) or be supervised by an accredited agency."

4. In December of 2012 Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning all adoptions of Russian children by US families.