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Getting Started: Your International Adoption


The first steps in beginning your international adoption are selecting the country you wish to adopt from and selecting an international adoption placing agency.

After you find a placing agency, if they are out of state, you will need a local Home Study agency to complete the Home Study portion of your international adoption application. Families For Children can fulfill this vital role for adoptive parents in California.

Selecting a Country

Families For Children can perform Home Studies for the following countries:
  • Africa
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam

Selecting the Placing Agency

As a Home Study agency, Families For Children will work collaboratively with the international placing agency of your choice in any state. After you find a placing agency, if you are in California and the placing agency is out of state, you will need a local Home Study agency to complete the Home Study portion of your international adoption application. Families For Children can fulfill this vital role for adoptive parents in California.

The Home Study

The Adoption Home Study is a written biography of your family, conducted according to regulations set forth by the California Department of Social Services, USCIS and the foreign government you are adopting from. Families For Children will conduct the Home Study process in a way that will allow the prospective adoptive parents to go through a phase of self-discovery and self-study rather than an investigative process on the part of the agency. One of our Adoption Social Workers will review questionnaires you filled out from the application packet and conduct interviews individually and as a couple. The worker reviews the information gathered and identifies each family's strengths and challenges in relation to adopting a child. We will submit copies of your Home Study to your placing agency and USCIS once completed.

Post-Placement Services

Post-Placement Services are performed according to both California Department of Social Services regulations and international country program requirements. Post Placement begins post child arrival and takes place in the adoptive parents home. The post-placement report process consists of several visits to the home based on both California Department of Social Services and sending country regulations/requirements. Each post placement visit is an assessment of the child and family adjustment by your assigned social worker. Families For Children prides itself in providing continuing consultation and support to families as they go through the entire adoption process.

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