Heaven Sent Children Adoption currently assists families with completing home studies for adoptions from various countries around the world. At Heaven Sent Children Adoption, we have been helping build families through adoption since 1991 and have assisted in the support of families after placement of more than 1,150 children. All families who are interested in adopting internationally must have a home study completed by a licensed child placing agency in the state of their residence. This is part of our role in assisting families with international adoption. We also assist families in selecting an international adoption program and placing agency, act as our families' liaison and advocate with the placing agency, provide international adoption education, counseling, and support. Our staff is sensitive to the emotions families encounter when pursuing adoption and are eager to help you through the process. ***Please see Hague Accredited section for those wanting to adopt from a Hague country.
If you are interested in learning more about international adoption contact email@example.com or call our office at (931) 684-4676.
Hague Accredited (July 2016-2020)
Heaven Sent Children Adoption is a Hague Accredited agency now through July 2020. The purpose of the Hague Convention and Accreditation is to strengthen protections for children, birthparents, and prospective adoptive parents in the adoption process. It ensures that countries work together so that adoptions take place in the best interest of children and to prevent the abduction, sale, or trafficking of children in connection with intercountry adoption. Heaven Sent Children Adoption has made the difficult decision to not renew our Hague Accreditation past the July 2020 expiration date. Once that date has come to pass, we will only be able to assist families who are adopting from Non-Hague countries with their home studies and post placement supervision. Please contact our agency if you have questions.
The Process for International Adoption
- Send us your completed application with your $150 application fee.
- Complete a home study. The home study is a 10-13 page written report that tells about you and your family. The document includes sections on each member of the family, marriage, medical, employment, financial, description of the home, arrest record (if any), religion, attitudes towards children, discipline, and counseling for adoption. Typically, four visits are required during the home study process and each visit is about 2-3 hours in duration.
- Begin Education. It is a requirement that each adoptive parent complete 10 hours of adoption preparation education, unless your placing agency requires more. Your Adoption Counselor can give you information on completing this education requirement. All education must be completed during the home study process.
- Decide on a country and placing agency. Your Adoption Counselor can assist you in choosing the program which best meets your criteria. Families typically make this decision while in the home study process.
- File with United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). Your placing agency or Adoption Counselor will assist you with completing the appropriate forms and applying after your home study is complete.
- Prepare the legal documents (dossier). The documents required by each country vary, but will include documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificate, physician’s letters, reference letters, police clearance letters, and CIS approval. These documents will be filed in court or presented to government officials in the country your child resides in. They will be used to process your adoption.
- Receive and accept a child referred to you. You will receive a referral of a child, from your placing agency, which usually includes a picture, background information and a medical report. It is always advised that families seek a medical opinion to help them make an informed decision when accepting a referral.
- Travel. You will be notified when you need to travel to the country, enter your petition to adopt in court, and bring your child home after finalization. As soon as the legal work is complete, you are the child's legal parent, and you complete your immigration visa with the U.S. Embassy in that country and return to the United States.
- Post Placement Supervision. After your child is home, we will begin the post placement visits with your family. These must be completed according to the laws of your child's country, your state, and the policies of Heaven Sent Children Adoption. The purpose of these reports is to show the country of origin that the placement of the child in your care was a good decision and to assist you with the adjustment of parenting a child from another country.
- Citizenship and Re-adoption. Upon arrival home, we recommend you begin the process to obtain your child's social security number and complete re-adoption in Tennessee to receive a Tennessee Report of Foreign Birth Certificate. Your Adoption Counselor can assist you in completing these steps.
Fees to Consider
- Home Study Fee
- Interagency Coordination Fee
- Monitoring & Oversight Fee
- USCIS Application
- Placing Agency Application Fee - varies by agency
- Placing Agency Program Fee - varies by agency
- Dossier Authentication
- Fed Ex Expenses
- Passport for Child
- Child Medical Exam for Embassy Visit
- Child US Visa
- Travel, lodging, and other in-country expenses vary depending on the country
You can review our international adoption fee schedule here. The networking agency you are pursuing placement through will have their own set fees. Please contact us if you have questions regarding our fee schedule.