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International Adoption

ADOPTING FROM
ANOTHER COUNTRY

Adoption by Shepherd Care is Hague accredited and fully licensed to provide services to families adopting internationally. For families who live in Florida, we can complete your home study and post adoption services in accordance with all applicable Hague requirements while also fulfilling the requirements of the country you are adopting from.

For families anywhere in the United States who have a situation that falls outside of traditional international adoption programs, we would be happy to speak with you to determine if our services could be useful in your circumstance. We have worked with many families in adopting relatives, preparing dossiers, and providing other various services for international adoptions. We are always open to hearing about unique situations, and we would be glad to let you know how we can help or to refer you to other providers if we are unable to assist in your case. Give us a call to speak to one of our international adoption professionals today.

International adoption is a great option for many families, and ASC is proud to have a mature, ethically sound adoption program in Colombia.  We also provide Hague-accredited home study and post adoption services as well as immigration and dossier assistance to families adopting from any country.

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With the host of international adoption policies, laws, and regulations that are always subject to change, choosing a good agency is more important than ever.  ASC was in the first group of agencies to receive Hague accreditation in 2008, so you can be sure that we are held to high standards of practice and have considerable experience in many types of Hague adoptions.

Additional information about our agency and details on our programs is available below.  You are welcome to call us or request information any time, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Home Studies

A home study is a comprehensive written report of your family prepared by a caseworker, and it is often one of the first requirements in any adoption whether domestic or international. The process involves three to four meetings with your caseworker, a visit to your home, and assistance in the compilation of various documents such as medical reports, income verifications, police clearances, references, and more.  During the home study process, you will receive education on adoption and raising adopted children.  This is a time when you and your caseworker can explore the unique issues surrounding adoption and how it affects you and your child.

While home studies are usually a requirement in any adoption, many families come to view them as beneficial as well.  They provide you the opportunity to sit down with an adoption professional and voice your questions about things like preparing to adopt, handling questions from friends and family, how to talk to your child about adoption, and many other topics.  ASC caseworkers are ready to provide the services you need for your adoption as well as the personalized support you need for your family.

Immigration/Dossier Preparation

ASC has over thirty years of experience helping families with immigration and dossier preparation in many different countries.  We will do our best to make what can often be a confusing and frustrating  process a smooth one as you work through the final steps of completing your family.

Immigration:

Adoption by Shepherd Care can help families navigate the requirements of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to adopt a child. These services include:

  • preparing and submitting the 1800A for Hague Convention countries and the 1600A for non-Hague convention countries which approves you as an adoptive parent
  • preparing and submitting the I800 and I600 forms once you have accepted a referral from your respective country
  • preparing and submitting the DS260 which is required for you to apply for a visa for your child before you travel so that when you and your adopted child or children enter the U.S., your child or children will enter as U.S. citizens

Dossier Preparation:

ASC  can also assist families in assembling the required dossier for the country from which they are adopting. A dossier is a set of appropriately authenticated and translated legal documents that are required in the international adoption process to meet the legal requirements to adopt a child or children in a foreign country and bring that child or children back to the U.S.

Post-Adoption Services

Adoption by Shepherd Care provides post-placement and post-adoption services to families in Florida who have adopted both domestically and internationally.  We will work closely with your placing agency to ensure that the requirements of the state or country from which you are adopting will be met.  To request more information on these services and the associated fees,request information or call us today.

Post adoption reporting is required in all domestic and most international adoptions, and the purpose is to document the family and child’s adjustment and well-being at various intervals after the child is placed with the adoptive family. Families meet with their assigned caseworker either in the family’s home or in the agency office, and the caseworker writes a report detailing the child’s developmental milestones, socialization, attachment, and more.  The information included in the report as well as the number and frequency of visits are guided by the requirements of the agency, state, or country from which the family adopted.

While post adoption reporting is usually required in an adoption, many families come to view the visits as being helpful as they adjust to the child’s placement in their home.  The visits provide you the opportunity to sit down with an adoption professional and voice your questions about things like re-adoption, attachment, immigration documents, support services, and many other topics.  ASC caseworkers are ready to provide the services you need for your adoption as well as the personalized support you need for your family.

Find out which countries you qualify for

Then take advantage of the valuable (but free!) services of Loving Shepherd Ministries (LSM).  Complete LSM’s free online assessment form, and they will let you know which countries and programs you qualify for and might be a good fit for the type of child you are hoping to adopt. They can also recommend agencies based on reviews from adoptive families.  And as you’re gathering information from agencies, check out our list of the questions we would ask an agency if we were in your shoes.

Not sure which country or program is right for you?

Within the realm of international adoption, choosing a country to adopt from and an agency to work with can seem like overwhelming tasks.  There are countless charts, articles, and guides you can access online, but it can still be daunting to sort through the information in the midst of ever-changing programs and guidelines.

If you’re not sure which country to choose, here’s what we recommend.  First, download our free information packet to see if it could be a good fit for you.

When considering agencies, ALWAYS verify that the agency is Hague accredited, as this is now required for any agencies working in international adoption. Detailed information on international adoption is also available through the U.S. Department of State.

If you have questions about any type of international adoption, just give us a call .  We will be glad to offer any insight we can or to point you in the direction of other resources that might help.

KINSHIP
ADOPTION

According to Collins English Dictionary, kinship is defined as 1. Blood relationship or 2. The state of having common characteristics or a common origin.

Kinship adoption is an adoption that occurs when a family member adopts another family member. It could be a cousin, niece, nephew, grandchild, sibling or a godchild. Kinship adoption allows the child to maintain a connection with their family. Adoption by Shepherd Care understands how to prepare families for adopting a relative and how to work with the family after the adoption is completed.

Adoption by Shepherd Care values family in every form, in every way. We understand the commitment that one makes and feels when caring for family. There are times in life when one is called to open their home and welcome another member of their family into their clan. Whatever the circumstance, whatever the conditions, Adoption by Shepherd Care is here to help walk with you through the process of adoption.


“Having someone to love is family. Having somewhere to go is home. Having both is a blessing.” ~Unknown


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