International Adoption

A Guide to International Adoption for People Who Live in Indiana

Adoptions of Indiana is licensed to help those living in America adopt from the following countries. We provide everything from guidance, international home studies, and post-placement follow-ups.

International Adoption Process

Adopting a child is a life-changing event. It is also a complex process with many steps. If you are interested in adopting a child from another country, there are a few additional things you need to know. The following is a guide to help you understand the process of international adoption as an American.

The first step is to decide which country you would like to adopt from. Once you have chosen a country, you will need to research the requirements for adoption. Each country has different requirements, so it is important that you are familiar with the requirements of the country you have chosen. You can find this information on the website of the U.S. Department of State or on the website of the country’s government.

After you have researched the requirements, you will need to find an accredited adoption service provider in the United States that has been authorized by the government of the country you have chosen. Once you have found an accredited provider, you will need to complete an application and submit it along with required documentation, such as proof of marriage, birth certificates, financial statements, and more.

Once your application has been approved, you will be matched with a child who meets your criteria. Once matched, you will begin working with your adoption service provider and the government of the child’s birth country to complete the adoption process, which includes completing paperwork, undergoing a home study, and traveling to meet your child.

Adopting a child from another country is a life-changing event that comes with many challenges. However, it is also an incredibly rewarding experience. If you are considering adopting a child from another country, the above information will help get you started on the process. Remember to do your research and work with an accredited adoption service provider to ensure a smooth adoption process.

South Africa Program

Adoptions of Indiana has partnered with Spence-Chapin to find families for children with special needs from South Africa.

Spence-Chapin is one of two US international placement agencies licensed to provide adoption services in South Africa.  Their South African partner agency is the well-respected Johannesburg Child Welfare Center.

“Spence-Chapin’s adoption program focuses on finding families for young children with special needs and sibling groups. There is a specific focus in finding families for children who are HIV+.  Children receive excellent medical treatment from the time they come into care.”

So much has changed in treatment for HIV in the last 30 years. With ARVs, children can have a normal life expectancy and are able to have participate fully in life. Spence-Chapin has provided a short webinar called HIV Myth vs. Fact