International Home Study Services
International Home Study Program
Adoption Center of Illinois’ international adoption home study services are conducted under our original name, Family Resource Center [FRC]. This program is designed to provide an array of services to prospective adoptive parents who live in Illinois and who are pursuing international adoption and using out-of-state agencies or independent resources to adopt a child or children.
Why Do I Need A Hague Approved Home Study?
Overview & Background
Illinois residents who adopt internationally are required to obtain a home study from an Illinois Hague Accredited licensed child welfare agency. FRC’s International Home Study Only Program provides assistance to adoptive parents throughout the international adoption process. In addition, FRC offers assistance to potential adoptive parents in clarifying their own concerns and considerations relating to international adoption.
After reading the information below, and looking at the U.S. Department of State website (http://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/country-information.html) the best way to find out more about our International Home Study Only Program is to send an email to our Associate Director, Jane Turner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being of service to you and your family.
|Since 1988, FRC has provided services to more than 3,000 families that have adopted children from around the world. These countries* include but are not limited to:|
*Please note: Not all countries noted above are currently open for adoption. This fact-sheet is intended to provide an overview of the countries for which FRC has completed Home Studies.
Program Features & Services
- International Home Study
The home study is an assessment of a prospective adoptive family and home environment and is conducted by a licensed adoption professional. Home Studies are written to meet USCIS specifications and country-specific requirements. The Home Study Worker (HSW) will review autobiographical and health statements, documentation of income, child abuse and criminal clearances, personal references, etc. The HSW will conduct a series of interviews including, but not limited to, individual interviews with each member of the household, joint interviews with spouses, and a home site inspection. Although this may feel a bit intrusive, the purpose of the home study investigation is to ensure that the adopted child will join a safe, secure, prepared and loving family. Overall Home Studies are typically completed within 90 days. A family can help the process along by being flexible, available and promptly returning paperwork.** After a home study has been finalized and released, any significant changes in the prospective adoptive family’s situation or in the recommendation for the type of child to be adopted or country chosen to adopt from will require a home study update, which may involve at least one additional visit from the HSW. If a child has not yet been placed prior to your USCIS file expiring, USCIS will require a home study update, which also involves a current visit by your HSW.
Please review comprehensive fee schedule for fees associated with updating the Home Study.
- International Adoption Education
Adoption education is required by FRC and the Hague Convention to complete the home study process. FRC offers 2-3 classes each month. In order to fulfill training requirements, a training curriculum will be developed based on the prospective adoptive parent adoption plans. Families gain unlimited access to classes and seminars arranged by FRC and presented by experts who address a wide variety of issues relevant to international adoption.
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
FRC will offer guidance to prospective adoption parents with filing the I-600A (non-Hague country) or I-800A (Hague country) application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. To obtain USCIS forms, visit www.uscis.gov
- Court Report
While families whose children will travel to the United States on an IR-4 Visa (non-Hague countries) or IH-4 Visa (Hague countries) must re-adopt their children in Illinois, it is recommended that all families complete this process. FRC can offer information on highly qualified adoption attorneys and will complete the Report of Investigation to submit to the court.
- Consulting and Support during the Adoption Process
Frequently potential adoptive parents have questions and concerns. FRC families have access to one-on-one professional assistance through the agency. FRC staff members are prepared to address a wide range of subjects, for example: obtaining and completing USCIS applications and forms, resources for assessing child health issues, U.S. citizenship and re-adoption, and post-placement learning and educational resources.
Prospective adoption parents can expect that FRC will be responsive and available to answer questions and return telephone calls within short time frames. FRC staff is available seven days a week, 365 days a year, for adoption emergency situations. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day by knowledgeable staff or experienced volunteers.