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Burundi Adoption

Burkina Faso Adoption

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Ethiopia Relative Adoption

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Application, Eligibility & Policies

Welcome Adoptive Parents!

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International Child Foundation is a non-profit, Arizona licensed and Hague accredited adoption agency, founded in 2004. Our mission is to help orphans find families.

Fees for international adoption include administrative, case management and foreign program costs, as well as estimates for third-party expenses and travel. Please contact us for fee schedules.

We offer caring adoption services to all clients, regardless of their background, race, ethnicity, sex, spiritual beliefs or sexual orientation. Counseling and services for expectant birth parents are free of charge.

 

General Eligibility Guidelines

  • For international adoption programs, one applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

  • For domestic adoption programs and services, one applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

  • For international and domestic infant adoption programs, income/assets must be at 125% poverty level.

  • Applicants for international adoption services must be at least 25 years of age at time of application. Age requirements vary between foreign countries. Some foreign countries allow “waivers” if other aspects of your background are suitable. We cannot guarantee waivers but can inform you about whether they appear customary or difficult to get in a particular country.

  • There must be a minimum of 15 years between the age of the younger parent and child.

  • We recommend at least 12 months difference in age between an adopted child or adopted twins and any children already in the home. Maintaining birth order is important.

Adoption Tax Credit

The adoption tax credit provides financial benefits for eligible families. Discuss this with your accountant, as it changes year to year. Many kinds of adoption fees and expenses may be eligible.

Information Requests

We will send information about our adoption programs to families upon inquiry, including program guides, fee schedules, the adoption services agreement and application form. In addition, we provide the following information to all prospective adoptive clients upon request:

  • The number of parents who apply to adopt through our programs annually;

  • The number of adoptive placements we have completed annually;

  • The number and percentage of those placements that have disrupted or dissolved;

  • The number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting referral from any Hague compliant country from which we assist in child placement, when known.

To request this information, please contact us.  We will be happy to send you a current report within a week.

Adoption Education

All Adoptive Families must complete a minimum of 10 hours of pre-adoption education pertinent to the adoption they are planning, domestic or international. International families must complete the mandatory Hague Convention curriculum. This adoption education must be completed during the home study process. Families may be required to complete additional education if the family is adopting “hard to place” children, which includes special medical or psychological needs.  Adopted children deserve parents prepared to address their needs, which often include developmental or language delays, concerns about identity, family and community dynamics, belonging and acceptance.

Refund Policy

The agency strives to provide families with excellent service and honest communication. Our fee structure is arranged so that you pay as little as possible at the time of application. The Home Study fee is paid at the time service is engaged. Agency fees for adoption services are paid over the course of your adoption process. Because our work is ongoing and you are paying for adoption services, not a child, when agency fees are submitted, they are not refundable. Please carefully review your home study and/or adoption services agreement.

Although we will work to obtain the refund of any international fees paid to a foreign representative, if the need arises, we cannot make any assurances or promises for the return of international fees or foreign expenses. If you withdraw from the adoption process, for any reason, or if the adoption fails, for any reason, no refunds are provided except as may be allowed specifically by the adoption services agreement. The policy is no refunds under any circumstances. Clients pay for ongoing services; not for the completion of an adoption.

Post Adoption Requirements

Post placement or post adoption reports are routinely required for all adoptions.  Adoptive parents have a legal and ethical obligation to fulfill these requirements, as set by their state and the country of adoption.  Please be prepared and keep an eye on your calendar to be sure to complete these reports in a timely manner.  Adoptive parents may be subject to legal penalties for failure to submit reports.

 

Our Commitment

Our mission is to promote the rights of the child and to provide permanency for children through adoption services. Our commitment to adoptive families is ongoing. Please let us know if you have questions before, during or after adopting.

 
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Burundi Adoption

We’ve placed 22 children from Burundi! 

We are accepting a limited number of families due to time frames for child referrals. Please contact us for more information.

Burundi is a Hague Convention country and adoption is conducted through the Central Authority, in compliance with regulations on international adoption. We will gladly provide information on program outcomes, waiting families, and children.

Our Burundi adoption program is informative, supportive and personal. We offer in-depth perspectives on international adoption and our staff has experience as adoptive parents, as well!

Children Referred for Adoption from Burundi

Families can be matched with children age 2 or older. Children age 5 and older are in the greatest need, as they have often been in a shelter for several years. Infant adoption is not possible, as Burundi requires a child be under shelter care for at least one year before the child can be referred for adoption. Older adoptable children may be part of a sibling group, but most are single children. The age range for sibling groups may include children as young as 1 year and up to age 15. Burundi also needs families for special needs children.

International Child Foundation assists with obtaining grants for families adopting older children and siblings.  There are no extra agency fees for sibling adoption; however, there will be additional document, translation and travel costs. If the children are not living in the same state or region, there may be additional court and/or foreign representation costs.

Families adopting related children (nieces, nephews, siblings) are obliged under the Hague Convention to follow the same procedures as those adopting unrelated children.

Family Eligibility to Adopt

An adopting parent should be at least thirty years of age. A waiver of this requirement can be requested from the County Court. An adopting parent must be a minimum of fifteen years older than the child to be adopted although waivers may be granted. If married, adopting parents must have been married five years.

Adopting parents must provide psychological and medical reports and a home study and have approval from USCIS to adopt from Burundi, as well as other documents required for their dossier, to prove they have the capacity to become parents. Married couples or single women may adopt; unmarried couples may not adopt.

Timeframe and Steps in the Process

Adopting from Burundi will generally take a minimum of one year. The first step is the preparation of the dossier documents. This includes the home study and USCIS I-800A application and approval.

Families may travel to Burundi only once or more often. While one trip is a requirement, we recommend that families (one or both spouses) consider traveling to Burundi after their child referral is approved by the United States Embassy and notification is received in Burundi. This creates an opportunity for the child or children to get to know the family and thus reduce the stress of leaving their orphanage home and community. While not required, the trip is also a way to convey to the Central Authority that United States families have a genuine interest in the country and culture. Every adoptive family is an ambassador for all international families. If you have time to make an extra trip, you will benefit yourself, your child, and the United States-Burundi adoption community. Or, you may plan to visit Burundi in the years to come with your child!

Burundi has strict regulations in place that protect the interests of children and conform to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. We believe that their commitment to the principles of the Convention protects against corruption and child trafficking. 

General time frame projected; time must be allowed for governmental, political and staff changes, which can delay adoption processing:

  • 5 months — time to get home study and USCIS approval and prepare dossier

  • 1 month — shipping dossier and translation and registration at Central Authority

  • 18+ months — referral wait unless older child, special needs or sibling group

  • 6 months — from referral acceptance to get through court and bring child home

  • About 2 1/2 years. This is not unusual these days for an international adoption.

 
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Burundi Resources

Families planning their travel will find these Burundi language resources useful…

Burundi Adoption Story

"When we took our first Burundi trip with International Child, we were really impressed with the ‘big picture’ aspect of the agency. This was more than helping families with adoption. It was building a long-term relationship with Burundi and its officials, so the adoption process would be more smooth—more trustworthy—on both sides for years to come. Adoption Options met with government officials, gave training for caretakers on the adoption process, and had an exceptional lawyer, Pierre, on the ground full-time. All these things gave us peace of mind, knowing we were aligned with an agency that really cared about Burundi and would go above and beyond to do this right."

 
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There are always bumps in the road when it comes to adoption and ours was no exception. The delays were frustrating, but we knew our agency—including Pierre in Burundi—was continually making efforts to move things forward.

"We’re grateful to have experienced the culture of Burundi to share with our boys. Their room has pictures of hippos we’d seen, the landscape and famed Burundi drummers. The boys love these photos. We want them to stay connected with their culture—and we hope to share that with them.

The adoption journey is not for the faint-hearted. It is emotional and the transition to becoming a family is full of challenges. But the paperwork and every discouraging moment was worth it. The boys are our sons—our family wouldn’t be our family without them. Our three-year-old snuggles into my lap and says, “Mama, I so happy.” We’re so grateful these little guys are our sons."  

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Burkina Faso Adoption

Welcome to Burkina Faso Adoption!  

Burkina Faso is a Hague Convention country and adoption is conducted through the Central Authority, in compliance with regulations on international adoption. We will gladly provide information on all program outcomes, waiting families and children.

Burkina Faso Children Referred for Adoption

Under the local laws, children who have been in institutional care, private or public, for a period of more than 12 months can be considered eligible for adoption. Sibling adoptions are encouraged. Priority is given to prospective adoptive parents willing and ready to parent special needs.

International Child Foundation assists with obtaining grants for families adopting older children and siblings.  There are no extra agency fees for sibling adoption; however, there will be additional document, translation and travel costs. If the children are not living in the same state or region, there may be additional court and/or foreign representation costs.

Families adopting related children (nieces, nephews, siblings) are obliged under the Hague Convention to follow the same procedures as those adopting unrelated children.

 

Family Eligibility to Adopt

  • There is no residency requirement for prospective adoptive parents residing outside of Burkina Faso. There is a two-year residency requirement for prospective adoptive parents who live in Burkina Faso.
  • A prospective adoptive parent must be between 30-55 years old and at least 15 years older than the child sought for adoption. If the prospective adoptee is the biological child of one of the spouses, the age difference between the child and the spouse must be at least 10 years.
  • Couples must be legally married for at least five years to be eligible to adopt. Although not specified in law, common practice is that single applicants and same sex couples are not permitted to adopt children in Burkina Faso. Married prospective adoptive parents without children of their own are given priority, or couples with only one child. We do not recommend families with more than one child adopt from Burkina Faso, due to these policies. The Burkinabe government prefers the adopted child be the youngest in the family.
  • Prospective adoptive parents are required to have sufficient funds to be able to take care of their adoptive child. Proof of income must be submitted with the initial application.

Adopting parents must have an approved home study and approval from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to adopt from Burkina Faso as well as other documents required for their dossier. We encourage families to read books on adoptive parenting throughout the process and to remain in contact with our staff. Parenting is an ongoing learning process. We’re here to help!

Timeframe and Steps in the Process

Typically adoptions are finalized within 12-18 months from the date of dossier submission, which is when Burkina Faso learns about you—the adoptive family. The “dossier,” which means “application” in French, includes your home study, photos, your United States Citizen and Immigration Services approval, medical reports, criminal clearances and other documents establishing your readiness to adopt. Referral time-frames may vary, depending upon your preferences.

General projected time frame; governmental, political, regulatory and staff changes may delay adoption processing:

  • 5 months — time to get home study and USCIS approval and prepare dossier
  • 1 month — shipping dossier  and translation and registration at Central Authority
  • 18+ months — referral wait unless older child, special needs or sibling group
  • 6 months — from referral acceptance to get through court and bring child home
  • About 2 1/2 years.  This is not unusual these days for an international adoption.

Find more information here.

Note:

  1. Documents in English for presentation in Burkina Faso must be translated to French and all documents in French with regards to the child and adoption must be translated to English. This adds expense and time to the adoption process.
  2. Families are obligated to provide post adoption reports per the requirements of the child’s country of origin and/or their state or agency. A minimum of four reports at six month intervals are required and then annual reports until age 18. Reports are a legal requirement, per your Adoption Services Agreement.

Mexico Adoption

We've placed over 50 children from Mexico!

In Mexico, adoption is conducted through the Mexican Central Authority, in compliance with regulations of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption. We will gladly provide information on all adoption program outcomes, waiting families and children. 

 
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Children Referred for Adoption

Children age 5 and older are in the greatest need of adoptive families and Mexico has made their placement a priority. United States families may request children age 5 and older, sibling groups, or children with special needs. Although Mexico allows a child as young as 5 to be adopted internationally, most children legally free for adoption are age 8 or older. Sibling groups may include children younger and older than age 5. Children with special needs may be any age. Children age 15+ may be unadoptable, if not being adopted with a younger sibling.

International Child Foundation assists with obtaining grants for families adopting older children and siblings.  There are no extra agency fees for sibling adoption; however, there will be additional document, translation and travel costs. If the children are not living in the same state or region, there may be additional court and/or foreign representation costs.

Families adopting related children (nieces, nephews, siblings) are obliged under the Hague Convention to follow the same procedures as those adopting unrelated children.

Family Eligibility to Adopt

Families must work with a Hague accredited agency authorized to provide adoption services in Mexico. Married couples or single women may adopt. Parents must be at least 25 year old and at least 17 years older than the child. If married, both spouses must express their desire to adopt from Mexico in the home study.

Timeframe and Steps in the Process

General time frame projected; time must be allowed for governmental, political and staff changes, which can delay adoption processing:

  • 5 months — time to get home study and USCIS approval and prepare dossier
  • 1 month — shipping dossier and translation and registration at Central Authority DIF National
  • 20+ months — referral wait unless older child, special needs or sibling group
  • 6 months — from referral acceptance to get through court and bring child home
  • About 2 1/2+ years.  This is not unusual these days for an international adoption.

Note: Special transition provisions apply to adoptions initiated before April 1, 2008. Find more information here.

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Ethiopia Relative Adoption

welcome to ethiopia relative adoption

Eligibility to Adopt

International Child Foundation can assist families with relative adoptions from Ethiopia, with a caveat: Ethiopia has suspended all international adoption without an express waiver for relative adoption. Adoptive parents have been able to complete adoptions in 2018 if they are Ethiopia Nationals as well as United States citizens, but this does not promise new cases will be accepted or approved.

Alert from United States Department of State regarding Ethiopia Adoption Suspension: Ethiopia Suspension Warning Letter

 

Timeframe and Steps

Adopting from any country will generally take a minimum of one year.  The first steps are engaging the agency, providing a home study, applying to USCIS and the preparation of the dossier documents for the foreign government and/or court. The dossier includes the home study and USCIS approval.

General time frame projected; time must be allowed for governmental, political and staff changes, which can delay adoption processing:

  • 5 months — time to get home study and USCIS approval and prepare dossier
  • 1 month — shipping dossier and translation and registration at MOWA
  • Varies on the status of your case
  • 6 months — from referral acceptance to get through court and bring child home
  • About 1+ years; this depends of course on your current case status and USCIS approvals

Note: We will evaluate the circumstances of any family applying for Parent-Initiated adoption services on a case-by-case basis. General orientation to inter-country adoption is free. Consultation on complex cases is not; consultation fees will be determined after we receive an explanation of your case and needs. We do not provide Parent-Initiated adoption services in Hague Convention countries, as independent or parent-initiated adoptions are generally prohibited. Administration and case management fees are set as outlined in the agreement & fee schedule.  Foreign representation may be needed unless it is possible to work directly with foreign government officials. If representation is needed, and ICF designates a representative to assist in the foreign country, there will be additional professional fees. All representatives must present credentials and evidence of suitability to work on adoption cases.   

Adoption Resources

Adoption Grants & Finance

Resources 4 Adoption: Online resource for adoptive families seeking up-to-date information on adoption grants and loans and how to qualify for them, with tips to assist families in removing financial barriers to adoption.

 
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Travel Information Websites

Adoption Reading

  • Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child, by Patty Cogen
  • There is No Me without You, by Melissa Fay Greene
  • Raising Adopted Children, by Lois Ruskai Melina
  • The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, D. Cross, W. Sunshine
  • Parenting the Hurt Child, by Gregory Keck, R. Kupecky
  • Attaching in Adoption, by Deborah Gray
  • Nurturing Adoptions, by Deborah Gray
  • Holding Time, by Martha Welch, MD
  • The Weaver’s Craft, by Mary Hopkins-Best
  • The Boy Who was Raised as a Dog, by Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz
  • Life After Violence, A People’s Story of Burundi, by Peter Uvin
  • Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey, by Alfredo Corchado

For more reading, visit Tapestry Books — they specialize in adoption literature.

General Adoption Resources  

Arizona Adoption Therapy & Assessment Specialists

Phoenix, Arizona

  • Beverly Quidort, MSW/LCSW
    1118 E. Missouri Ave, Suite A-1, Phoenix, AZ 85014
    (602) 861-3950

  • Dr. Alberto Texidor
    2150 S. Dobson Road #4, Mesa, AZ 85202
    (480) 899-0238
  • Dr. Becky Simonelic
    4425 E. Agave Rd. #116, Phoenix, AZ 85044
    (480) 540-2984

TUCSON, Arizona

  • Psychological Assessments: Patricia Beldotti, Psy.D.
    1022 W. Ina Rd. Suite 4, Tucson, AZ 85704
    (520) 404-7553
    www.drbeldotti.com
  • Children’s Clinics for children with special  needs, including rehabilitative therapies and support for families
    2600 N. Wyatt Drive, Tucson AZ 85712
    (520) 324-5453
    www.childrensclinics.org
  • Esperero Family Center: Priscilla Misner, Kenny Miller & Beth Winters
    5669 N. Oracle Rd., Suite 2101, Tucson AZ 85704
    (520) 326-8424
  • Dr. Thomas Brunner, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Evaluations
    6614 E Carondelet Drive, Tucson, AZ  85710
    (520) 314-4772
    www.doctorbrunner.com

Parenting Class Resources in Tucson

 
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Other Adoption Resources

China and Asian Adoption

Eastern European Adoption

FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Information

Cerebral Palsy Information Website

 

International Adoption Doctors

Alabama Adoption Clinic

California Adoption Clinics

Connecticut Adoption Clinic

Illinois Adoption Clinic

Indiana Adoption Clinic

Maryland Adoption Clinic

Minnesota Adoption Clinic

Missouri Adoption Clinic

 

 

Oregon Adoption Clinic

Pennsylvania Adoption Clinic

South Carolina Adoption Clinic

Texas Adoption Clinic

Virginia Adoption Clinic

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