Who We Are

Family Adoption Consultants (FAC) is a private, non-profit adoption and foster care agency licensed in the States of Ohio and Michigan.  More than anything else in the world, children deserve a permanent, secure and nurturing family.  Since FAC opened its doors in 1982, we have helped more than 4,500 children find their way to loving adoptive families.  The need for families is great and is even more significant when you consider that the children we serve are innocent victims in their need for the unconditional love, support and connections that only a family can provide.

FAC is a full service adoption agency, able to assist families with both domestic and international adoptions.  Families are educated and supported by experienced and trained professionals as they deal with the complexities of the adoption process, attachment difficulties and the management of special needs presented by the children placed in their homes.

FAC has established relationships with local child welfare organizations and is able to work both within our respective States, as well as throughout the United States to assist families identifying children waiting for adoption.  Additionally, our Michigan office assists children and families by providing foster care services to children in need of a safe place to live while their birth families are getting the assistance they need inorder to be able to parent effectively and safely.

Internationally, we have our own programs through both China and the Philippines.  Our administrators maintain ongoing, personal relationships with government officials and our representatives overseas.  FAC is also able to assist families interested in adoption from Korea and other Asian countries, Latin America and Eastern Europe, by coordinating services with out of State agencies.

 

Adoption

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Every child deserves a family. The best way for children to grow and develop into healthy and happy adults is to become part of a strong and loving family. FAC has helped more than 4000 children from the United States and around the world find permanency through adoption.

We are very pleased that you are interested in learning about Family Adoption Consultants. The process for obtaining information about the agency and its programs has changed. FAC is pleased to announce the launch of a new software program called My Adoption Portal (MAPS). Information about the adoption process and access to documents and forms necessary to work with FAC will be available in one place. Adoptive families will be able to complete and submit all required paperwork and track their progress through this software program. MAPS will also allow you to post payments online and print statements of what has been paid on your account.

Upon completing the Inquiry form, you will be directed to MyAdoptionPortal.com where you can access information on FAC programs, policies and procedures. If/when you are ready to begin working with FAC to adopt through one of our programs, or to complete a home study if you are working with another placement resource, you will be provided with information on how to access and submit FAC’s Preliminary Application. The $250 application fee can be submitted online or mailed to the office you will be working with (Michigan or Ohio). Preliminary applications will be reviewed within 3-5 business days of receipt and you will receive notification on how to initiate the next step in the process through myadoptionportal.com. At the point you are ready to review and submit the formal application, you will receive information regarding the $150.00 Technology fee (paid directly to MyAdoptionPortal.com). This is a one-time fee for all of the conveniences of using MAPS throughout your adoption process.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call either office: 586-726-2988 (MI) or 330-296-2757 (OH) or email Michelle Para in Michigan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Julie Hocevar in Ohio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We look forward to working with you.

Adoptive Parent Training

imagesEducation and preparation are vital components of the adoption process. Family Adoption Consultants is committed to ensuring that every adoptive family is thoroughly prepared and informed about the types of issues and challenges that they and their child may face both now and in the future. We are excited to present interesting and educational training sessions on adoption.

Families in all stages of the adoption process are welcome to attend. We also welcome adoptive families who are utilizing another adoption service provider. Each training will be facilitated by a highly trained professional.

All adoptive families are required to complete training.  The training provided meets the requirements of both the State as well as the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption (for International adoptions). 

Adoption training is typically offered by FAC several times each year.   Registration is required.

Check the EVENTS page for any upcoming training events.

Domestic Adoption Program Information

FAC provides services to individuals and couples who wish to adopt a child through the agency’s domestic adoption programs. We assist prospective adoptive parents with the adoption of infants, and we also assist parents through the adoption process for waiting children who need a family of their own. Please click on the tabs to learn more about adopting an infant or a child who needs a family because he/she may be older, a part of a sibling group, or has a special need.

It is our philosophy that birth parents and the adoptive parents should have as many choices as possible as they experience the adoption process. We are here to provide information, support, and our expert assistance as we all work together to achieve the best possible plan for children. We work to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected. You will choose whether you want an adoption that will be completely “open”, partially open, or “closed”—the choice is yours, not ours. We are here to assist birth parents and adoptive parents develop and maintain the relationship that will best serve the needs of the child they all love.

 

Services FAC Provides:

  • Adoption assessments or “homestudies” of prospective adoptive parents
  • Adoption orientation/education/training/preparation
  • Counseling for birth parents and prospective adoptive parents
  • Intermediary assistance between birth and adoptive families and act as a conduit for exchange of information
  • Release/consent services
  • Facilitator for direct placements
  • Adoption placement and finalization services
  • Post-placement services
  • Assistance with interstate placements

 

Private Infant Adoption

FAC initiated an infant adoption program in 1989 in order to provide specialized services to parents considering planning an adoption for a child. This program serves pregnant women who are thinking about an adoption plan for their baby and the families who desire to provide permanent, loving homes for these babies.  FAC’s infant adoptions are all the result of a choice by parents. When parents decide they cannot care for a child, they can voluntarily relinquish their legal rights as parents so the child can be adopted and raised in another family. We provide adoption counseling and services to all parents who request it. Therefore, children needing adoptive parents have varying racial/ethnic heritages, physical/mental/emotional characteristics, health status, etc. Birth parents may specify the type of parents they want to adopt their child and adoptive parents may specify the type of child they feel best able to parent. FAC assists both sets of parents in making the best match possible.

 

FAC can provide all of the services necessary to successfully complete an adoption, including pre-adoption education/counseling, adoption home study, assistance with identifying a child to adopt, assistance to birth parents to legally relinquish their parental rights, court processing to legally adopt a child, post-placement and post- adoption assistance. We will provide home study and post-placement services if you are working with an attorney, facilitator or other agency for placement of a child. We have worked cooperatively with other professionals to assist many families adopt a baby.

 

We will assist you to explore all of your options so that you have the best chance to be successful in achieving your goal of adopting a child. FAC’s staff has many years of experience in working with birth parents searching for a family to adopt their child and with individuals and couples seeking to adopt a child. We can help you navigate the entire process and provide you with support as you explore your options and throughout the adoption process. Please go to our Information Packet and Getting Started tabs for more detailed information about how to proceed.

Foster Care Adoption

Adopting a Waiting Child
There are many children all across the United States waiting for “forever families”. Children who wait for families are often times “older”, or they may have special medical needs, or they may be part of a sibling group that should be placed together. Children may become available for adoption as a result of an involuntary termination of parental rights. This happens after the state removes a child from his/her parents due to neglect or abuse. Upon removal from their family, a child is placed temporarily with a licensed foster family, or with a relative where he/she will stay until a decision is made regarding a permanent plan for the child’s well-being. If the situation that led to the removal from the family cannot be corrected in a reasonable amount of time and it is not in the best interests of the child to be returned to his/her parents, a court will decide to terminate the legal rights of the parents and the child will be made available for adoption.

 

FAC assists families in adopting children who have been removed from their birth families and are waiting for permanent, loving, and stable adoptive families. We work in conjunction with the foster care system in both states where we have offices, and are also able to assist families with the adoption of children who are available for adoption in other states through an Interstate Compact. If you are interested in adopting a “waiting” child or sibling group through the State Ward Program, please ask us for this specific information. It is important to note that “older” usually means at least school age, especially for Caucasian children. There are minority race children of all ages who need adoptive families as well sibling groups who need adoptive families who can maintain the sibling bond. Children with varying degrees of physical/emotional/developmental needs also wait for adoptive families.

 

All children who have experienced neglect and/or abuse, have been removed from their families and spent time in one or more temporary placements, and are waiting to be adopted, may be considered to have special needs. They need adoptive families who are aware of their needs and who have the knowledge, ability, and patience, to meet those needs. FAC will work together with prospective adoptive families to help you determine if adopting a waiting child is right for you and your family, and what characteristics in children you feel best able to handle. Education and preparation is essential to successfully parenting any child, but is particularly vital when adopting a child(ren) with special needs. Training will be an important part of the process of becoming ready to adopt. FAC will assist you with preparation and training as well as assisting with the actual process of identifying a child and navigating through the adoption process.

 

Please contact the FAC office in your state of residence (Michigan or Ohio) for the most current information about how to get started with adopting a waiting child.

China

FAC has been accredited by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to place children for adoption since 1994. There are currently two different systems in place in China for children adopted internationally: the traditional “track” to adopt a child with no known or minimal medical/ developmental needs, and the other “track” for adoption of “waiting” children—older children and/or those with “special needs”. Adoptive families must choose which type of adoption they wish to pursue when applying to adopt through the China adoption program.

 

China periodically evaluates the work of accredited agencies, and FAC has consistently received excellent performance reviews. The positive working relationship with the Chinese government is due, in part, to our facilitator based in Beijing – Cai, Xi Jing. Ms. Cai has worked for FAC since the inception of our China adoption program in 1994 and is FAC’s representative with the CCCWA and U.S. Consulate. She is an educated, competent professional who speaks fluent English as well as Mandarin. Based on her extensive experience, Ms. Cai is very knowledgeable regarding the international adoption of Chinese children. She oversees the adoption process of all FAC families, monitoring cases as they move through the various departments of the CCCWA. She assists with all travel plans and assures that things go smoothly as families complete their adoption process in China.

 

Chinese children who have no known medical or developmental needs are primarily girls. “Referrals” of children include photographs and information regarding the child’s health and developmental status and daily routine. For most children, birth family information is not available due to their history of abandonment.Aubree  Kaylee Reichert 1-14 (2)

 

WHO CAN ADOPT FROM CHINA’S TRADITIONAL PROGRAM?

Residence:

FAC welcomes inquires from anyone interested in adopting from China. Families throughout the U.S. are welcome to apply. FAC will provide all services (homestudy, placement, post-placement) to applicants residing in the states of Michigan or Ohio. Families who reside in other states must obtain certain required services from an agency in their state of residence. FAC “partners” with a number of agencies throughout the US.

 

Marriage:

Only married couples are able to adopt through the traditional (non-special needs) adoption program; single women are able to adopt through the waiting child program. Applicants who have not been previously married must be married a minimum of 2 years. If any applicant has been previously married, the current marriage must be a minimum of 5 years. No more than 2 divorces per spouse are permitted.

 

Age:

Parents between the ages of 30-50; parents over 45 must be open to a child that is not an infant.

 

Education:

 

Each applicant must have the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

 

Children:

No more than 4 children under the age of 18 currently living in the home. The youngest child must be at least one year old at the time of the dossier submission.

 

Income:

A minimum of $10,000 per family member, including the child to be adopted, derived from a stable employment source. Adoptive families must have a minimum of $80,000 in net assets.

 

Criminal Record:

Applicants with no criminal convictions are preferred. Some exceptions may be made, depending on the nature of the crime and when it occurred. Contact FAC to discuss your personal situation prior to applying to adopt from China.

 

Health:

Good overall health. Each applicant must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or less.

 

To determine body mass, refer to http://www.nhlbisupport.com. Applicants must have a normal life expectancy and/or no restrictions to their daily living. Infectious disease, chronic or long term physical or mental health diagnosis, and history of alcohol or drug abuse should be discussed with FAC prior to application to determine eligibility.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The pre-adoption process (application, adoption study, immigration approval, and dossier preparation) will take most applicants 4-6 months.

 

After dossier submission, families who are not of Chinese descent are currently waiting approximately 5 years for the referral of a young child with no known needs. Wait times are continually changing; please call FAC for up to date information.

 

DO WE HAVE TO TRAVEL TO CHINA?

Yes! The adoption of a Chinese child will be processed and finalized in China. At least one parent must be present to complete the adoption and to apply for the child’s visa to enter the United States at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. While it is possible for only one parent of a married couple to travel to complete the adoption and bring the child home, FAC recommends that both parents travel if at all possible. If you are already parenting children, they may also accompany you to China. The opportunity to visit and learn about your child’s country of birth is very special and may be a “once in a lifetime” experience. The time in China spent with your child before coming home to all the demands of daily living is a great way to begin the experience of parenting an adopted child. The time together will enhance the bonding process for your child and his/her new family.

 

Most families spend two weeks in China. Families generally fly into Beijing, spend a few days sightseeing, and then fly to the province where their child resides. All U.S. families must travel to the city of Guangzhou, China to apply for their child’s visa following the finalization of their adoption in the capital city of the province where their child resided. Ms. Cai will arrange sightseeing in Beijing, the provincial capital of your child’s orphanage, and in Guangzhou. Families can return to the U.S. with their child as soon as the child’s visa has been issued. FAC provides extensive assistance with families’ travel plans. Ms. Cai makes all the arrangements for your adoption and stay within China – from uniting you with your child and completing the adoption to airfare, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, and even shopping!

 

China Special Needs

FAC has been accredited by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) to place children for adoption since 1994. During the last few years, the CCCWA has created a new and more comprehensive system of referring children with special needs for adoptive placement, which required adoption agencies to be approved to help the CCCWA find permanent homes for those children. There are currently two different systems in place in China for international adoption; one “track” to adopt a child with no known or minimal medical/developmental needs, and the other “track” for adoption of children who are waiting for a family. Waiting children are typically referred to as “special needs” children. The designation of special needs includes a wide range of issues that contribute to a child not being readily matched with an adoptive family. Children can be waiting because of their age, because they have a medical condition that requires treatment (or is permanent and not treatable), or delayed development that can be minor or quite significant. Adoptive families must choose which type of Chinese adoption program they wish to pursue.

 

Although we have been facilitating adoptions of healthy children from China for many years, in 2009 FAC was approved to begin placing special needs children from China. China periodically evaluates the work of accredited agencies, and FAC has consistently received excellent performance reviews. The positive working relationship with the Chinese government is due, in part, to our facilitator based in Beijing – Cai Xi Jing. Ms. Cai has worked for FAC since the inception of our China adoption program in 1994 and is FAC’s representative with the CCCWA and U.S. Consulate. She is an educated, competent professional who speaks fluent English as well as Mandarin. Based on her extensive experience, Ms. Cai is very knowledgeable regarding the international adoption of Chinese children. She oversees the adoption process of all FAC families, including those who adopt through the special needs program, monitoring cases as they move through the various departments of the CCCWA. She assists with all travel plans and assures that things go smoothly as families complete their adoption process in China.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN NEEDING FAMILIES

There are many children of all ages waiting for adoptive families; these children are currently residing in orphanages (or occasionally foster homes) throughout China.

 

Although healthy Chinese children needing adoptive families are primarily girls, there are children with special needs of both genders available and waiting for adoption. The youngest children available for adoption in the waiting/special needs program are approximately 12-18 months of age at the time of placement, but many available children are considerably older. The special needs of these children in some cases is simply their older age, while others have correctable needs such as a cleft lip or palate, or orthopedic issues. Many children waiting for adoptive homes have more serious medical/developmental concerns and a wide range of needs. Please inquire with one of our offices to learn more about the types of special needs that are common.

 

“Referrals” of children include photographs and information regarding the child’s health and developmental status and daily routine. Any known medical information is also available, including but not limited to reports from hospitals or physicians that have treated the child’s condition. The information contained in child referrals is usually based on examinations done some time ago. For most children, family history is not available due to their history of abandonment.

 

Information regarding waiting children can only be accessed on the CCCWA website by agencies that have been approved to place special needs children from China. All approved agencies have access to the same list of waiting children. FAC routinely monitors this list with approved adoptive families in mind. Once a prospective adoptive family has a homestudy completed and approved by FAC, we will begin reviewing the waiting child list to see if any of the children who are available for placement meet the medical/developmental needs criteria that individual families have agreed upon with their social worker. FAC immediately contacts approved families when we have identified a child whose information we would like them to review. FAC will then “lock-in” that child’s file through the CCCWA website, and the child information will be sent for the family’s review and to be shared with any involved professional with whom the family wishes to consult. The CCCWA gives agencies 72 hours to respond once a child file is “locked” and therefore, adoptive families must make a decision quickly about whether or not they wish to proceed with adoption of a specific child.

 

Families who are considering adopting a waiting child from China should identify a physician (preferably one who specializes in international adoption) with whom they can discuss and develop a list of medical/developmental needs that they would feel comfortable dealing with. We can provide a list of international adoption resources for you to consider. We also recommend that each adoptive family makes arrangements with their physician to have child information reviewed quickly after FAC has locked in a child file. During the homestudy process, families will complete a comprehensive medical needs checklist to help identify the types of needs that they are open to and feel capable of handling. This detailed information will be critical to help FAC successfully match each family with a child who is appropriate for their family.

 

WHO CAN ADOPT FROM CHINA?

Residence:

FAC welcomes inquires from anyone interested in adopting from China. Families throughout the U.S. are welcome to apply. FAC will provide all services (homestudy, placement, post-placement) to applicants residing in the states of Michigan and Ohio. Families who reside in other states must obtain certain required services from an agency in their state of residence. FAC “partners” with a number of agencies throughout the US.

 

Marriage:

Applicants who have not been previously married must be married a minimum of 2 years. If any applicant has been previously married, the current marriage must be married a minimum of 5 years. No more than 2 divorces per spouse are permitted. Single females are eligible to adopt children with a “special focus” designation on the special needs system of the CCCWA.

 

Age:

Parents between the ages of 30-55 are eligible to adopt a child with special needs. For single applicants over 50, there must be no more than a 45 year age difference between the parent and child to be adopted.

 

Education:

Each applicant must have the minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

 

Children:

For married applicants, there can be no more than 4 children under the age of 18 currently in the home. The youngest child must be at least one year old at the time of the dossier submission. For single applicants, no more than 2 children under the age of 18 and the youngest should have reached the age of 6 years old.

 

Income:

 

A minimum of $10,000 per family member (including the child to be adopted) derived from a stable employment source. Adoptive couples must have a minimum of $80,000 in net assets. For single applicants, net assets must exceed $100,000.

 

Criminal Record:

Applicants with no criminal convictions are preferred. Some exceptions may be made, depending on the nature of the crime and when it occurred. Contact FAC to discuss your personal situation prior to applying to adopt from China.

 

Health:

Good health strongly preferred. Each applicant must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or less. To determine body mass, refer to http://www.nhlbisupport.com. Applicants must have a normal life expectancy and/or no restrictions to their daily living. Infectious disease, chronic or long term physical or mental health diagnosis, and history of alcohol or drug abuse should be discussed with FAC prior to application eligibility.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?

The pre-adoption process (application, adoption study, immigration approval, and dossier preparation) will take most applicants 4-6 months. Once the homestudy process is completed, FAC can begin monitoring the list of “special needs” children to identify a child. The “wait” time for matching an individual family with a child varies depending upon the severity of special needs the family will consider, as well as the age and gender of the child they wish to adopt.

 

Once a child is accepted by an adoptive family, FAC informs the CCCWA of their interest in adopting the child and we must wait for the CCCWA to approve the match. After this approval is granted, a typical Chinese waiting child adoption takes 6-8 months, depending on whether or not the family’s dossier has already been submitted to China.

 

DO WE HAVE TO TRAVEL TO CHINA?

Yes! The adoption of a Chinese child will be processed and finalized in China. At least one parent must be present to complete the adoption and to apply for the child’s visa to enter the United States at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. While it is possible for only one parent of a married couple to travel to complete the adoption and bring the child home, FAC recommends that both parents travel if at all possible. If you are already parenting children, they may also accompany you to China. The opportunity to visit and learn about your child’s country of birth is very special and may be a “once in a lifetime” experience. The time in China spent with your child before coming home to all the demands of daily living is a great way to begin the experience of parenting an adopted child. The time together will enhance the bonding process for your child and his/her new family.

 

Most families spend two weeks in China. Families sometimes wish to fly into Beijing, spend a few days sightseeing, and then fly to the province where their child resides. All families must travel to the city of Guangzhou, China to apply for their child’s visa following the finalization of their adoption in the capital city of the province where their child resided. Ms. Cai will arrange sightseeing in Beijing, the provincial capital of your child’s orphanage, and in Guangzhou. Families can return to the U.S. with their child as soon as the child’s visa has been issued. FAC provides extensive assistance with families’ travel plans. Ms. Cai makes all the arrangements for your adoption and stay within China – from uniting you with your child and completing the adoption to airfare, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, and even shopping!

 

Philippines

FAC places Filipino children needing overseas adoptive placement through our working relationship with the government’s Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB), which operates within the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

 

FAC is currently accepting applications from families who are interested in adopting from the Philippines. In early 2011, the Intercountry Adoption Board enacted a temporary moratorium on receiving new applications from agencies that already have a large number of families waiting to adopt through the Filipino adoption program. FAC is not currently affected by this moratorium and can begin working with new applicants immediately.

 

This intercountry adoption program is ideal for families who are Filipino/American or couples who are open to parenting a child over the age of three years.

 

Children in need of families

All adoptive families must be open to a child over the age of 3 years at time of referral. The need is greatest for families interested in adopting siblings groups, school age children, or children with medical conditions.

 

The children are typically full Filipino in heritage, with dark hair and eyes and brown/olive complexions. Children range from Asian in appearance to a mixture of Asian/Malaysian/Hispanic. Children are referred for adoption via public and private orphanages throughout the Philippines. Detailed social histories are provided at the time of referral.

 

Adoptive Parent eligibility requirements

Residence:

Families residing in Michigan, Ohio

 

Marriage:

Married couples only; must be married three years if first marriage, five years if second marriage. ICAB will consider single applicants who will be accepting children from 6 years old and above of either gender with minor correctable medical conditions or sensitive background issues.

 

Age:

27-45 years old. There is some flexibility if the prospective adoptive father is over age 45 but the adoptive mother is younger. Maximum age gap between the child and parent is 45 years.

 

Children:

Childless couples preferred, but couples with no more than three children in the home will be considered; exceptions made if adopting school aged children.

 

How long does it take?

Most families wait approximately 18-24 months to be matched with a child once ICAB approves an adoptive family’s dossier. For families who are interested in adopting children with significant special needs and/or large sibling groups, the wait can be shorter. The Intercountry Adoption Board notifies FAC and other accredited agencies each month with information on waiting special needs children who can be referred immediately to interested adoptive families.

 

After a family accepts the referral of their child, it takes approximately 6 months before one or both parents can travel to the Philippines to escort their child home.

 

Travel

At least one parent must travel to the Philippines for 6-10 days (including travel time) to meet their child’s caretaker and escort him/her home. In-country assistance is provided to all families throughout the trip. Philippines adoptions are legally completed in the United States after a period of adjustment in the adoptive home.

 

Philippines: Relative Adoption

Adopting a Relative Child from the Philippines

Filipino adoption law allows for the adoption of a relative child if the child is within four degrees of consanguinity. This means that the child must be the prospective adoptive parent’s grandchild, brother, sister, niece, nephew, grandniece, grandnephew, aunt, uncle, or first cousin. A child who is any other relation to the prospective adoptive family would not be eligible for adoption under the relative adoption procedures. Children who do not meet these strict criteria will occasionally qualify under the rules for an identified adoption. Adoptive families must be able to prove their relationship with the child (beyond the 4th degree), and ICAB must agree that this adoptive placement is in the best interest of the child.

 

Both the U.S. and the Philippines are part of The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect to Intercountry Adoption and, therefore, must operate within established rules regarding (but not limited to) the eligibility of potential adoptees as well as adoptive parents. All of these rules also apply in Filipino relative cases.

 

A child must be “legally free” to be eligible for adoption. A Filipino child is legally free when the child has been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development or to a licensed child-placing or child-caring agency and freed of parental authority.

 

All U.S. residents applying to adopt a Filipino child (relative or non-relative) must work with an adoption agency who is Hague accredited as well as accredited by the Philippines government. Family Adoption Consultants meets both of these requirements. International adoption is a complex process that requires approvals from many different governmental officials, both in the Philippines and the United States. Although these rules may seem excessive in the case of a relative adoption, especially when the child is living in dire circumstances, it is important to remember that the rules were developed to protect the rights and welfare of children, their birth families, and prospective adoptive families.

 

Filipino law does allow for former Filipino citizens who are naturalized citizens of their present country of residence to adopt through the local courts in the Philippines. ICAB’s only involvement in these cases is reviewing and approving the homestudy from an accredited agency in the family’s country of residence. However, families will only be able to obtain an adoption visa for their child to immigrate to the U.S. if they have lived for 2 years in the Philippines with their relative child or 3 years with a non-relative child.

 

How Do We Start the Process of Adopting our Relative Child?

 

Submit a Preliminary Application to Family Adoption Consultants. We will review and advise you regarding the particular circumstances of your case.

Complete the required “Questionnaire for Relative Adoptive Applicants” on the Intercountry Board website: http://www.icab.gov.ph. Submit a copy of your questionnaire to FAC for our records so that we can follow up with ICAB on your behalf if needed.

Upon review of the “Questionnaire”, ICAB will request that the family complete the required documents for a relative and/or identified adoption. FAC will work with the prospective parents to complete a homestudy (and dossier if required) and obtain approval from the US Department of Homeland Security, Citizen and Immigration Services.

ICAB will also request the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office where the child resides to conduct a Child Study Report. Receipt of this report can take 3 – 6 months from the time of the initial request. The DSWD will evaluate the child’s history and living conditions, verify legal status regarding eligibility for adoption, and make a recommendation whether adoption is in the child’s best interests.

The ICAB social worker will review all of the documents regarding the adoptive family and the Child Study Report on the prospective adoptive child, and make a recommendation to the official ICAB Board for approval/ denial of the proposed adoption.

Once approval is issued by ICAB, paperwork is filed with the U.S. Central Authority (U.S. Department of State), requesting issuance of the child’s visa.

You travel to the Philippines to bring your child home, and attend a meeting at ICAB’s office in Manila.

The adoption is legally completed in the U.S. in accordance with the adoption rules in the state where you reside.

Although all of these steps are extremely complex, it is the only way to successfully ensure the legal adoption of your relative child, and approval for the child’s immigration to the United States. Any shortcuts to the established regulations will cause your adoption to be jeopardized.

 

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If you and your family are ready for adoption then please fill out our information packet.
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Ohio Adoption

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PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website at:
http://coanet.org/accreditation/hague-accreditation-and-approval/public-comment/

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