International home studies are required for international adoptions and are regulated by the individual states and the federal government.
The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption (Convention) is an international agreement to safeguard inter-country adoptions. Concluded on May 29, 1993 in The Hague, the Netherlands, the Convention establishes international standards of practices for inter-country adoptions. The United States signed the Convention in 1994, and the Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008. You can read the full text of the Convention for more information. Countries who sign the convention agreement are called "convention countries" and those who do not are considered "non-convention countries" or "orphan countries."
Under the International Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA), all adoption service providers are required to comply with Hague requirements and standards even if the county is a non-Hague convention country. A key component of the Hague convention requirements is an accreditation process for international adoption agencies, commonly referred to "Hague Accreditation."
Because our main focus is serving children in the foster care system, Families For Children is not a Hague accredited agency. We are, however, able to provide California home studies for families living in California who are working with a Hague accredited international adoption even if your agency is located out of state. We are not able to provide home studies for families pursuing an independent, facilitated or direct international adoption.
Our goal is to answer your questions and provide information that we hope you will find valuable in beginning your journey into adoption.