Adoption Options has been involved with international adoption for many years. Throughout the years the agency has been involved in the placement of children from Guatemala, India, Ecuador, Belarus, Latvia, Russia and Hungary, to name a few countries. International adoption offers alternative choices for families wishing to adopt, who, for various reasons, do not wish to adopt domestically. Each country has different requirements, policies and procedures and interested families need to check with the agency if they are interested in a particular country.
Although Adoption Options does not work directly with other countries, we operate as a supervised provider to provide international adoption services. Of the six specific adoption services listed by USCIS, Adoption Options provides two of them: performing a home study on a prospective adoptive parent(s), and reporting on such a study; and monitoring a case after a child has been placed with prospective adoptive parent(s) until final adoption. Adoptive families residing in Colorado and wishing to adopt internationally must choose an out-of-state placing agency which is licensed, Hague-accredited, and based in the United States. This agency will act as the primary provider and provide all of the remaining international adoption services: referral of a child, travel, immigration, and international services. Adoption Options can help you select a placing agency, or you may have already selected one prior to contacting us. Adoption Options has a number of partner agencies to which we can refer you, but we are happy to work with any agency meeting these requirements. We will then work with you to complete your family assessment (home study) and coordinate with your placing agency and USCIS. Following placement of your child, Adoption Options will provide post-placement support and work with you to complete the validation process.
International adoption is an option for many families, including married couples and single applicants. Adoption Options requires that applicants be over 25 years old, and if married, have been for at least 18 months. Single applicants are eligible to adopt from some countries, but may be disqualified from others. We are not aware of any countries that place children with LGBT applicants, although our domestic adoption programs welcome these applicants. At least one applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a second applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident. Applicants should have no significant criminal history, including charges of child abuse or neglect. Each country has its own requirements for applicants and these will be addressed during the home study process. For Colorado residents adopting internationally, a total of 24 hours of training are required. Adoption Options will direct you in completing training requirements. For more country-specific information, please visit www.adoption.state.gov.
Although Adoption Options was granted full accreditation under The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption in 2008, we elected to allow our accreditation to expire on April 1, 2016. From this date, Adoption Options operates as a supervised provider regarding international adoption services.
Contact us to learn more about our international adoption services, 303-695-1601 or 800-878-1601.