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International 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 and has continuously maintained this accreditation over the years. Our current accreditation extends through March of 2021. EVOLVE 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.

Our Collaborators

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:

  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Caribbean
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam

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

Fill out an application by clicking the button below. Note: For families located in Minnesota, please review the document, titled “Completing an Adoption in MN” before applying. For all other questions, Contact Us.

Information on the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012

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