International Adoption

Primary Provider Services

Family Resource Center (DBA Adoption Center of Illinois) has been a Hague accredited agency since 2008. This accreditation allows us to act as an Accredited Adoption Service Provider (ASP) for international adoptions, both Hague adoptions and non-Hague adoptions.

Your first step should be to learn about adoption from a particular country. A thorough overview of adoption from each country can be found on the State Department’s Inter-country Adoption site www.adoption.state.gov. Find “LEARN ABOUT A COUNTRY” and use the dropdown menu to locate information about a particular country. Please read this information thoroughly, it should prove to be very useful!

In regard to non-Hague country adoptions, historically, families were allowed to proceed with an independent international adoption. In accordance with the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 this is no longer the case. For any adoption that was not completed prior to July 14, 2014, using an Accredited Adoption Service Provider as a Primary Provider is now required for all international adoptions, from both Hague and Non-Hague countries.

Additional information about the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) is available on these State Department sites:

US Immigration UAA General Information

US State Department – FAQ’s Regarding the UAA

Family Resource Center may be able to serve as the Primary Provider for your international adoption. This service is independent and separate from the international home study service. Primary Provider Service fees will be determined by the type adoption (relative or non-relative adoption).

A link to a SAMPLE agreement to understand the services and fees to be provided can be found HERE. This sample agreement pertains to the adoption of an orphan or convention adoptee, (non-relative).

If you would like more information or to discuss your specific case, please let us know. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.