can adopt? Some General Adoption Requirements:
There are many requirements,
rules and regulations governing adoption, all created for the
protection of children and adoptive applicants. Requirements vary
greatly by adoption agency, state, and international programs. These
are only guidelines, not absolutes! Please check with multiple agencies
to determine the best choice for you based on your life experience.
Many agencies create their own policies which are not always those of
the adoptive country. Be honest and open about yourselves from the
beginning so that your agency can best assist you early in the process
rather than having to deny you once you have committed your time,
energy and money to the adoption. Remember, these are average
guidelines and many are flexible:
Minimum age of 25 for
international adoption, maximum age of 50 for infant adoptions.
Individuals over 50 may adopt, typically older children.
Must meet US Poverty
Guidelines for international adoption. Published annually by the USCIS.
If married, should be married
at least two years or more (varies by country)
Single heterosexual woman (and
some men) may adopt in the US and abroad (select countries).
Criminal background such as
multiple DUI/DWI, felony, murder, acts of violence or crimes against
children, etc. will prohibit you from adopting. A fingerprint based
state and FBI clearance is required of all adoptive applicants.
Past history long ago of drug
or alcohol experimentation or abuse does not always prohibit you from
adopting depending on several factors. A substance abuse evaluation may
be required as part of the home study process. Eastern European
countries will deny your application.
History of severe depression
with hospitalization, medications for
depression/bi-polar/schizophrenia, etc. may prohibit you from adopting
in the majority of international countries but not all. Domestic
adoption on a case by case basis. Eastern European countries will deny
Previous divorce(s) usually
All religions typically
accepted. Some orphanages in some countries require a statement of
Christian faith. Varies by country and orphanage.
Three or more children in the
home considered on a case by case basis in select countries. Some
countries have no limitations on the number of children in the home,
but may require a certain number of years between the children.
Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention Enters into
On April 1,
2008, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation
in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention) entered into force
for the United States. As of this date, the provisions of the
Convention will govern both immigrating (incoming) and emigrating
(outgoing) intercountry adoptions between the United States and other
A Love Beyond Borders (LBB) is proud to announce that effective November 22, 2011 our agency received Hague Approval (under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions) by the State of Colorado’s Department of Human Services (CDHS). CDHS and COA are the only two nationally approved accrediting entities appointed by the US Department of State. LBB is approved for four years, at which point we will seek renewal.
HAGUE CONVENTION FAQS:
Q: Why is the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect to Intercountry Adoption important?
A: The Convention strengthens protections for children, birthparents, and prospective adoptive parent(s). It strives to provide children with permanent, loving homes by setting out internationally agreed-upon rules and procedures for adoptions between countries that have a treaty relationship under the Convention. It ultimately provides a framework for member-countries to work together to ensure that adoptions take place in the best interests of a childand to prevent the abduction, the sale of, or the traffic in children. The Convention also establishes a Central Authority in each country to ensure that one authoritative source of information and point of contact exists for prospective adoptive parents to receive reliable and accurate information. For these reasons, the US Department of State strongly supports the Principles of the Convention.
Q: Why choose to work with an agency that is accredited in the United States?
A: Because only those adoption service providers -- such as A Love Beyond Borders --who been approved or accredited by either COA or CDHS are able to provide adoption services for Hague adoption cases in countries that are also parties to the Hague Convention. This includes but is not limited to countries such as Colombia, Bulgaria, Poland, Vietnam, etc. Acomplete list of Hague Convention countries may be accessed here.
information on the Convention’s implementation in the United States,
please visit the
“Intercountry Adoption” section of their website. or
click here for an informative guide for adoptive parents