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We understand that researching international adoption can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. That's why we want you to have this info packet!


 
 

Adoption by Shepherd Care is Hague accredited and fully licensed to provide services to families adopting internationally. For families who live in Florida, we can complete your home study and post adoption services in accordance with all applicable Hague requirements, while also fulfilling the requirements of the country from which you are adopting.

 
For families anywhere in the United States who have a situation that falls outside of traditional international adoption programs, we would be happy to speak with you to determine if our services could be useful in your circumstance. We have worked with many families in adopting relatives, preparing dossiers, and providing other various services for international adoptions. We are always open to hearing about unique situations, and we would be glad to let you know how we can help or to refer you to other providers if we are unable to assist in your case. Give us a call to speak to one of our international adoption professionals today.
 
International adoption is a great option for many families, and ASC is proud to have a mature, ethically-sound adoption program in Colombia. We also provide Hague-accredited home study and post adoption services, as well as immigration and dossier assistance to families adopting from any country.
With the host of international adoption policies, laws, and regulations that are always subject to change, choosing a good agency is more important than ever. ASC was in the first group of agencies to receive Hague accreditation in 2008, so you can be sure that we are held to high standards of practice and have considerable experience in many types of Hague adoptions.
 
Additional information about our agency and details on our programs is available below. You are welcome to call us or request information any time. We look forward to hearing from you!

Adoption by Shepherd Care is Hague accredited and fully licensed to provide services to families adopting internationally. For families who live in Florida, we can complete your home study and post adoption services in accordance with all applicable Hague requirements, while also fulfilling the requirements of the country from which you are adopting.

 
For families anywhere in the United States who have a situation that falls outside of traditional international adoption programs, we would be happy to speak with you to determine if our services could be useful in your circumstance. We have worked with many families in adopting relatives, preparing dossiers, and providing other various services for international adoptions. We are always open to hearing about unique situations, and we would be glad to let you know how we can help or to refer you to other providers if we are unable to assist in your case. Give us a call to speak to one of our international adoption professionals today.
 
International adoption is a great option for many families, and ASC is proud to have a mature, ethically-sound adoption program in Colombia. We also provide Hague-accredited home study and post adoption services, as well as immigration and dossier assistance to families adopting from any country.
With the host of international adoption policies, laws, and regulations that are always subject to change, choosing a good agency is more important than ever. ASC was in the first group of agencies to receive Hague accreditation in 2008, so you can be sure that we are held to high standards of practice and have considerable experience in many types of Hague adoptions.
 
Additional information about our agency and details on our programs is available below. You are welcome to call us or request information any time. We look forward to hearing from you!
Immigration

Adoption by Shepherd Care can help families navigate the requirements of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to adopt a child. These services include:

  • Preparing and submitting the 1800A for Hague Convention countries and the 1600A for non-Hague convention countries which approves you as an adoptive parent
  • Preparing and submitting the I800 and I600 forms once you have accepted a referral from your respective country
  • Preparing and submitting the DS260 which is required for you to apply for a visa for your child before you travel so that when you and your adopted child or children enter the U.S., your child or children will enter as U.S. citizens
Immigration

Adoption by Shepherd Care can help families navigate the requirements of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to adopt a child. These services include:

  • Preparing and submitting the 1800A for Hague Convention countries and the 1600A for non-Hague convention countries which approves you as an adoptive parent
  • Preparing and submitting the I800 and I600 forms once you have accepted a referral from your respective country
  • Preparing and submitting the DS260 which is required for you to apply for a visa for your child before you travel so that when you and your adopted child or children enter the U.S., your child or children will enter as U.S. citizens
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Dossier Preparation

ASC can also assist families in assembling the required dossier for the country from which they are adopting. A dossier is a set of appropriately authenticated and translated legal documents that are required in the international adoption process to meet the legal requirements to adopt a child or children in a foreign country and bring that child or children back to the U.S.
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Dossier Preparation

ASC can also assist families in assembling the required dossier for the country from which they are adopting. A dossier is a set of appropriately authenticated and translated legal documents that are required in the international adoption process to meet the legal requirements to adopt a child or children in a foreign country and bring that child or children back to the U.S.
Post Adoption Services

Post adoption reporting is required in all domestic and most international adoptions. The purpose is to document the family and child’s adjustment and well-being at various intervals after the child is placed with the adoptive family. Learn more about Post Services by visiting (link to home studies post placement section)
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The International Post Adoption Department has several team members who are ready to assist as families prepare to travel and once they arrive home with their child(ren). The Post Adoption Department helps in various ways including (but not limited to):

 
1. facilitating the required, country-specific post adoption reports,
2. supporting families when they face challenges regarding their children, and
3. being a sounding board and/or for counseling when needed.
 
Following are the descriptions for each team member:
 
• The Post Adoption Coordinators oversee all issues for our families who adopt internationally and coordinate the services we provide for our contract families (families who contract with ASC for post adoption visits and reports). The Post Adoption Coordinators make their first contact with a family by phone prior to travel to discuss what can be expected the first days after the child’s placement, and to describe the Post Adoption Department, the Post Department resources, and how we can serve them in this part of their adoption journey. At times the Post Adoption Coordinators support families while they are in country through telephone calls, emails and skype. Once they arrive home the families receive a welcome home call and packet of information from their Post Adoption Coordinator and they discuss how they are doing, and what needs they might have. They then send an email which includes a schedule of the dates of the required post visits, and gives other resources that are helpful in the early days and months home. The Coordinators continue to support families and their local workers with resources throughout the post adoption journey.
 
• The Counselors are trained in a variety of therapies and work with children and families in many ways. Counselors are available to meet with prospective adoptive parents prior to adoption to assist with any needs they have in preparing themselves for the journey ahead. They often meet with parents to build on strengths and explore areas of growth needed as a result of the Prepare/Enrich tool that is a part of the home study process. They provide individual and family counseling post adoption when any number of issues arise. They are also a vital resource in our reunification counseling as adult adoptees prepare to meet biological parents/family.

The International Post Adoption Department has several team members who are ready to assist as families prepare to travel and once they arrive home with their child(ren). The Post Adoption Department helps in various ways including (but not limited to):

 
1. facilitating the required, country-specific post adoption reports,
2. supporting families when they face challenges regarding their children, and
3. being a sounding board and/or for counseling when needed.
 
Following are the descriptions for each team member:
 
• The Post Adoption Coordinators oversee all issues for our families who adopt internationally and coordinate the services we provide for our contract families (families who contract with ASC for post adoption visits and reports). The Post Adoption Coordinators make their first contact with a family by phone prior to travel to discuss what can be expected the first days after the child’s placement, and to describe the Post Adoption Department, the Post Department resources, and how we can serve them in this part of their adoption journey. At times the Post Adoption Coordinators support families while they are in country through telephone calls, emails and skype. Once they arrive home the families receive a welcome home call and packet of information from their Post Adoption Coordinator and they discuss how they are doing, and what needs they might have. They then send an email which includes a schedule of the dates of the required post visits, and gives other resources that are helpful in the early days and months home. The Coordinators continue to support families and their local workers with resources throughout the post adoption journey.
 
• The Counselors are trained in a variety of therapies and work with children and families in many ways. Counselors are available to meet with prospective adoptive parents prior to adoption to assist with any needs they have in preparing themselves for the journey ahead. They often meet with parents to build on strengths and explore areas of growth needed as a result of the Prepare/Enrich tool that is a part of the home study process. They provide individual and family counseling post adoption when any number of issues arise. They are also a vital resource in our reunification counseling as adult adoptees prepare to meet biological parents/family.

Within the realm of international adoption, choosing a country to adopt from and an agency to work with can seem like overwhelming tasks. There are countless charts, articles, and guides you can access online, but it can still be daunting to sort through the information in the midst of ever-changing programs and guidelines.

 
If you’re not sure which country to choose, here’s what we recommend. First, download our free information packet to see if it could be a good fit for you.
 
When considering agencies, ALWAYS verify that the agency is Hague accredited, as this is now required for any agencies working in international adoption. Detailed information on international adoption is also available through the U.S. Department of State.
 
If you have questions about any type of international adoption, just give us a call. We will be glad to offer any insight we can or to point you in the direction of other resources that might help.

Within the realm of international adoption, choosing a country to adopt from and an agency to work with can seem like overwhelming tasks. There are countless charts, articles, and guides you can access online, but it can still be daunting to sort through the information in the midst of ever-changing programs and guidelines.

 
If you’re not sure which country to choose, here’s what we recommend. First, download our free information packet to see if it could be a good fit for you.
 
When considering agencies, ALWAYS verify that the agency is Hague accredited, as this is now required for any agencies working in international adoption. Detailed information on international adoption is also available through the U.S. Department of State.
 
If you have questions about any type of international adoption, just give us a call. We will be glad to offer any insight we can or to point you in the direction of other resources that might help.