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How do I start the adoption process?
Call us first! We can help you decide which country or program is the best match for your family. We can help out-of-state families identify a local agency to do your homestudy, help you file your Immigrations forms with USCIS for an international adoption, and work with you every step of the way as you create your adoption dossier.
What children are available for adoption?
It is possible to adopt children as newborns, as well as older children and every age in between. Sibling groups, unrelated children, and children with special needs are also available for adoption.
Do I have to be married in order to adopt?
No. We help many single people to adopt each year.
Can I adopt if my spouse is not a US citizen?
Yes. USCIS regulations permit international adoptions if only one spouse is a citizen.
Can I adopt if I rent?
Yes. Adoptive families do not have to own their homes. You will need to demonstrate your financial ability to care for a child.
Can I adopt if I already have children?
Yes. There are many programs which welcome experienced parents.
How long does an adoption take from beginning to end?
This depends greatly on the country chosen and the agency chosen. The length of time varies between programs, and each adoption is different. You can refer to our country comparison sheet for typical timelines for each of our international programs. Please note: These are estimated time frames and in no way meant to guarantee the length of time for an adoption process.

Families can control the speed of their adoption in the beginning of the process by completing all of their paperwork quickly and accurately. ABI staff will review your dossier documents before they are authenticated to prevent unnecessary delays.

Many agencies carry long waiting lists that can significantly effect the time it takes to receive a referral from a specific program. This factor should be considered when deciding on an agency.
How long does it take ABI to complete a home study?
When most families make the decision to proceed with an adoption, they would like to have the home study completed yesterday!

ABI is licensed to perform home studies for residents of KY, IN, MO and TN. We try to accommodate your desire to have the home study done as quickly as possible, and we can typically complete the interviews necessary for a home study within two weeks. Or, we're happy to move at a slower, more relaxed pace if that's comfortable for you. We can typically complete the interviews necessary for a home study within two weeks. It does take awhile for our agency to receive the criminal record checks that are necessary for the completion of a home study. We have generally completed our portion of the home study before we have received all of the supporting documents from the family and/or the entities conducting the criminal record investigation. We never keep a waiting list for families and take great pride in our expedient and efficient home study services.
How do I apply to adopt a child with US Immigrations? Why must I do this?
USCIS verifies that all children entering the country for the purposes of international adoption have a qualified family waiting for them. The agency performing your home study must submit a study which conforms to the laws for your state, and USCIS will take your fingerprints for an FBI background check. For countries which are a party to the Hague Convention, you will file a form I800-A. For all other countries, you will file form I600-A. ABI staff will help you with completing the form you need, assembling the necessary accompanying documents, and submitting your complete application to USCIS.
Is travel required for an international adoption?
This varies from country to country. Some countries will allow an escort to bring the child into the United States. Others require at least one parent to travel. Most Eastern European countries require that both parents travel twice.

ABI strongly recommends that all families travel to meet their children whenever possible. Meeting your child in the familiar surroundings of her birth country is the best way to begin a loving and compassionate relationship. Our country coordinator help ABI families arrange travel for the experience of a lifetime.
What is the Hague Convention, and what does it mean?
The United States is part of an important treaty on intercountry adoption called the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). The treaty governs adoptions between the United States and nearly 75 other nations. The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008. The Department of State is the U.S. Central Authority for the Convention and oversees compliance with the Convention and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA). In this role, the Department of State also serves as U.S. liaison with other adoption Central Authorities around the world.

The Hague Adoption Convention protects children and their families against the risks of unregulated adoptions abroad, and ensures that intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of children. The Convention also serves to prevent the abduction, sale of, or traffic in children.

All Blessings International is proud to be a fully accredited Adoption Services Provider under the Hague Convention.
What is Hague Accreditation? Why should I choose an accredited agency?
By utilizing a Hague Accredited agency you can be assured that your agency meets all of the rigorous requirements of Hague accreditation, which involve financial stability, policies for transition should an agency close, policies for transparency and numerous other safeguards. Hague accredited agencies are accountable to their accrediting entities for poor business practices or unethical behaviors. Even non-Hague countries are starting to see the value in Hague Accreditation and may requre that services be provided by a Hague Accredited agency.

All Blessings International is proud to be a fully accredited Adoption Services Provider under the Hague Convention.
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