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All Agape Adoptions' families will have post adoption support and services upon arrival home with their new child.
Families will receive a welcome home packet with important information and resources needed for this transition time, such as how to obtain a social security number or tax benefits and important medical considerations for your child. The packet will also contain a post adoption visit and report schedule, as determined by agency, country, and state requirements. Agape Adoption’s Post Adoption department is available to answer questions about any of this information and will provide reminders when post adoption visits are due.
Agape Adoption’s Director of Social Services will contact families by phone within one month of arrival home, to offer a listening ear and to give support, guidance, and resources as needed.
Each family’s social worker will visit their home at regular intervals to provide ongoing support and resources and to complete post adoption reports. These reports will be submitted to the foreign adoption authority with photos of the child, provided by the family. In addition to providing information on each specific child’s health and adjustment, the reports are a very important part of maintaining the relationship between the adoption authorities we work with. The Post Adoption reports are critical to keep doors open for families and future adoptions. Additional information regarding the importance of post placement reporting can be found: Adoption.state.gov
Depending on your child’s country of origin, your child’s adoption may have been finalized in country or you may need to finalize your child’s adoption in your state of residence. In the case of adoptions that were completed in the child’s country of origin, Agape Adoptions requires that families re-adopt their child in their state of residence. The re-adoption process will allow you to obtain a Unites States Adoption Decree and a United States issued Birth Certificate for your child to ensure legal verification of their adoption is readily and easily accessible throughout their lifetime. If you live in the State of Washington, Agape Adoptions can complete this process for your family. If you live outside the State of Washington, you may use an attorney to complete your re-adoption or contact your Home Study agency or your local court to inquire how to complete this process independently. Detailed information regarding state finalization requirements can be found here.