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Frequently Asked Questions


Once I have decided to adopt internationally, what are the first steps?

In order to receive approval to adopt from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), a family must complete a home study (link to home study page) with a qualified adoption professional. This report and supporting documentation must be forwarded to the INS office for review. Families must also file an I-600A form with INS and be fingerprinted. Your adoption professional will assist you in completing and filing your forms.

How long does the adoption process take?

This question is difficult to answer, because there are many variables that can lengthen your wait. These may include, but are not limited, to the country you have selected to adopt from, the political stability of this country, unforeseen changes in adoption laws and regulations, and the age and gender of the child you are adopting. In most cases, plan for the adoption process to take approximately six to twelve months after receiving INS approval.

What can I do while I am waiting for a referral to prepare myself to parent an internationally adopted child?

Attend adoption support group meetings and area conferences, read relevant adoption books, subscribe to adoption newsletters, and become infant and child CPR certified. It is also helpful to keep an adoption journal to record your thoughts and feelings throughout the adoption process.

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