The Romania program is a small one, only to those who hold U.S. and Romanian citizenship are able to adopt from Romania. Agape Adoptions is one of a handful of international adoption agencies who have received accreditation from the Romanian Office for Adoptions (ROA), now the newly formed adoption authority of National Authority for Protection of Children’s Rights and Adoption (ANPDCA). All adoptions from Romania are completed in accordance with the Hague Convention on inter country adoption. More information can be found here.
Only to those who hold U.S. and Romanian citizenship are able to adopt from Romania. A valid Romanian passport is required as proof of Romanian citizenship.
Parents must be at least 25 years old (USCIS requirement) and a minimum of 18 years older than the child they desire to adopt (Romanian requirement).
Opposite sex married couples, legally residing in the United States, where at least one parent is a Romanian citizen.
Please note that Romania will not permit same-sex couples to adopt.
Single applicants who hold US and Romanian citizenship.
Prospective adoptive parent (s) cannot adopt if they have been sentenced for a crime against a person or against a family, committed with intention and also for the crime of human trafficking or illegal consumption of drugs.
While Romanian law does not specify any health condition requirements, families with members with communicable diseases would likely not qualify.
Families must be financially stable.
Children in Home
There are no restrictions on number of other children in the home.
The Romanian Adoption Authority will match your family with a child(ren) three years of age or older - although the majority of the children we've seen referred are over the age of four (4).
There are a number of sibling groups available for adoption.
Families should be prepared for children with complicated backgrounds, including exposure to alcohol in utero.
The majority of the children available for intercountry adoption are Roma.
Many children who await adoption are living in foster homes where the foster parents may or may not tell the child they are not their biological child.
If a family declines 3 referrals, Romania will pause the process until the family is reassessed through the home study process.
Travel & Bonding Period
Romania has a residency travel requirement for all international adoptions. Both parents (in two-parent families) must travel and effectively reside in Romania for a minimum of 30 days to interact and bond with the child they intend to adopt. With approval from the Romanian Social Worker, the bonding period may be outside of the child's location. For example, families may be able to take the child to adoptive parents' hometown. One to three trips may be required to complete your adoption. All adoptions are finalized in Romania.
Post Adoption Requirements
After returning home, eight post-placement visits are required, every three months, for two years. Agape Adoptions will assist you with the processing of these reports for the adoption authority.
All fees are based on two adoptive parents and one adopted child.
Total Agency Fees: $7500
Total Application, adoption education, dossier, translation and other paperwork processing fees: $7010-$9485
Total USCIS, Department of State and IAAME fees: $1695
Home Study and Post Placement fees: $7350
Home Study ($2200)
Post Adoption fees ($375 per report, 8 are required for Romania)
Additional mileage and travel fees may be incurred for families located more than 100 miles from the main office, or city center of Spokane or Portland. Contact us for travel fees for Alaska residents.
Home Study Review Fee, for families completing a home study with another agency: $550
Total estimated travel fees, per trip
$5450 - $7800
Total in country fees for child’s adoption processing: $615
Total estimated adoption expenses: $30,170- $37,995 plus expenses for second trip
“Our working relationship with Agape Adoptions was amazing. The staff was extremely caring in helping us through the paperwork process and very quick to get back to us with all our questions.”
- the M. Family