International Own Source Adoption
A Global Issue
Thousands of children all over the world are growing up without a family of their own. These children, who often live in institutionalized care, are all waiting for a permanent, loving family to care for them and provide them with the support they need in life.
EVOLVE is passionate about international adoption and the long-standing relationships we’ve established with countries all over the world. We work hard to ensure each international adoption is carried out both ethically and with empathy.
Our Role in Intercountry Adoption
Since 1977, EVOLVE has worked to ensure all children have the nurturing, support, love, care, safety and belonging of family. Our foundation in intercountry adoption grew over the years to unite thousands of children with families through ethical adoption services. EVOLVE was among the first agencies in the country to become Hague accredited in 2008. Our current accreditation has expired and we will not be renewing our Hague accreditation to function as a primary provider in intercountry adoption.
EVOLVE is pleased to maintain collaborative agreements with other primary providers. We will continue our long history of work in intercountry adoption by providing child-focused home study preparation, parent education, family support, post-placement, and post-adoption services. EVOLVE will also continue to provide our full spectrum of child-focused programming in domestic adoption, foster care, family preservation, and support services, pregnancy services, therapeutic services, and education.
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EVOLVE has established strong relationships with other internationally-focused agencies here in the United States that allow us to continue to work in intercountry adoption. Here are the other agencies we work with*:
- All God’s Children International
- An Open Door Adoption Agency, Inc.
- Creative Adoptions
- Gladney Center for Adoption
- Hand in Hand Adoptions
- Holt International Children’s Services
- Little Miracles International, Inc.
- World Links International Adoption Agency
*This list is not exhaustive
The Countries – Here are the countries we connect with through these collaborating agencies:
- Dominican Republic
This list is not exhaustive of all countries open to international adoption. If you are interested in adoption from a country not listed, please contact us. You may also learn more about international adoption from the Department of State website: adoption.state.gov
Ethical Practices in Place
In March of 1994, The United States signed an international treaty created by The Hague Convention. This treaty was created to ensure that international adoptions are in the best interest of children and to prevent abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children. The Convention generally requires that agencies and persons be accredited or approved to provide adoption services for international adoptions when both countries involved are parties to the Convention.
While EVOLVE is no longer serving as a primary provider, the organization remains committed to ensuring that international adoptions are in the best interest of children. EVOLVE is committed to working with Hague accredited international agencies that place children transparently and ethically.
The Process, Timeline, and Application Requirements
Due to the unique laws, procedures, and governing entities in each country, it is difficult to give generalized timelines, program processes, or personal requirements for the various countries. In order to have a more accurate idea of what to expect when adopting an international child from a specific country, contact us.
To learn more about our International Programs, sign up for a General Adoption Information Meeting.
To Apply For This Program
Families will be required to complete an information session prior to applying to our adoption programs. The information session is the first step of the adoption process at EVOLVE Family Services. Within an information session you will learn more about and have an opportunity to ask questions about EVOLVE as a whole, EVOLVE’s adoption specific programs, an overview of the adoption process, what you can expect during and throughout the process, expectations of adoptive parents, trends in adoption, etc. An application will be provided to a family once an information session has been completed.