Choosing to adopt is a big decision for any family. Choosing to adopt internationally is, perhaps, an even bigger decision. It's important to research organizations, programs and countries throughly.
Agape Adoptions is a licensed, fully Hague accredited child placing agency based in Washington state. Being accredited means that a third party (such as IAAME) has determined through a rigorous assessment of evidence that the organization meets standards of best practices and quality services. Accreditation protects adoptees, adoptive families and adoption agencies.
We work with adoptive families across the U.S., and offer homestudy and post placement services to families in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Agape currently has programs in China, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Romania.
Agape holds monthly information meetings, generally on a Monday evening, early the month. Our next information meeting is:
June 5 at 6 pm pacific.
Our General Information Packet provides a helpful overview of the programs we offer, overview of the adoption process, eligibility requirements and costs and fees.
We acknowledge that every family is different and our website and information meetings might not answer the questions you have about your family's specific circumstances.
Agape Adoptions provides a FREE Personalized Adoption Finance Coaching Service with a customized adoption finance plan for our adopting families. This Service offers webinars, training videos and consultations with a coach help you create an adoption budget, and learn about fundraising, grants and more!
According to the
YAFC service, "Families that use Kelly's system of Tools to Finance Your Adoption, Grant Writing, Special Events and more, typically raise between $5,000 and $15,000 for their adoptions." Click here to learn more about Adoption Finance Coaching Services. Once a family is accepted to Agape Adoptions, we will set you up with the Coaching Services. A federal tax credit is available to eligible families. Visit:https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607 (or look up IRS tax topic 607) to learn more.
Various parts of the U.S (and the placing country) government play key roles throughout the process of intercountry adoptions. Below are links to their websites and useful resources (don't get too over-whelmed with knowing each part of the process and who does what, our staff will help you navigate the process).
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Agape recommends adoptive families consult with a medical professional to further review referral information. We recommend utilizing a medical professional who specializes in international adoption as they will be more familiar with reviewing child files and can give more clear guidance. Resources to help you do this include:
Love Without Boundaries, Adopt Special Needs
University of Washington's, Center for Adoption Medicine
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