I/We understand that there are inherent risks in international adoption and realize that any country has the authority to close adoptions, if they should so decide.
I/We understand that Agape Adoptions provides an outline of current eligibility requirements and that any country can change the requirements or procedures during the adoption process.
I/We understand that information on health and all other matters received through Agape Adoptions is based on all available information sent by adoption officials in the foreign country. Agape Adoptions will provide all information they have received to me/us.
I/We understand that although foreign countries will classify children as healthy, ALL children adopted through international adoption possess the risk of having minor to significant development and/or speech and language delays often associated with institutionalism or orphanage care. Additionally, children may have other minor to significant medical needs in association with institutionalism such as malnutrition, rickets, scabies, head lice, skin rashes, etc.
I/We understand that items such as fingerprints and immigration statuses have expiration dates and adoptive parents are ultimately responsible for any lapses in these documents. Expiration of the above stated documents can significantly increase both the in-country costs and the length of the adoption process; if allowed to expire before travel to the foreign country. Further, I/we understand that the US Consulates cannot issue a child's visa unless all immigration information is current.
I/We understand that there are certain documents for the dossier which are time sensitive and must be submitted within a particular time frame. Agape Adoptions will provide these time frames (listed in the dossier checklist). However, parents are ultimately responsible for all paperwork submitted and ensuring all documents are filled out completely and dates are within the range given. Failure to do so can cause serious delays in the adoption process after submittal of the dossier to the foreign country.
I/We understand that the above information is true and accurate to the best of my/our knowledge. It is understood that the $300.00 application fee is non-refundable. Upon receipt of the application and $300.00 fee, Agape Adoptions will process the application to determine my/our initial acceptance to adopt domestically, or internationally. Agape Adoptions will send agreements, grievance information, waiver of liability, and adoption risk statement for the applicant(s) review and signature. Upon receipt of the documents, the applicant(s) will be accepted to adopt through Agape Adoptions.
The signing of this application, the applicant(s) understand and accept these terms and conditions of domestic and international adoption.