Thailand

Adoptive Parent Requirements

Many international countries have their own requirements for individuals interested in adopting. In this program, you must be:

  • Minimum age 25 and at least 15 years older than the child
  • Adoptive Mother age 25 to 38; Adoptive Father age 25 to 43
  • Married at least 3 years; each applicant may have 1 divorce
  • No Single Applicants Accepted
  • Documented Infertility
  • Up to one child in home/ small families preferred
  • No criminal history
  • Must meet 125% of the US poverty guidelines based on household size
  • Physically and psychologically healthy

Children Available

  • Males and Females
  • 15 months – 15 years of age
  • Siblings and  children with special needs
  • Relatives

Timelines

  • Approved Adoption Study Report — 3 – 6 months
  • Dossier — 1 – 3 months
  • Referral — 24 – 36 months
  • Travel — 8-12 months after referral
  • Stay in Thailand — 2 weeks
  • Progress Reporting — 6 months after placement

Traveling to Thailand

Both adoptive parents will travel to Thailand for a stay of about two weeks. Families will stay in hotels while in Thailand.

Progress Reporting

A report and photos are required at 2, 4, and 6 months after returning home with your child.

Visa Status

Thailand is a signatory to the Hague Convention on Inter-country adoption. Children will receive an IH-4 visa in their passport before entering the US. Families will apply for their child to become a U.S. citizen after finalization in the U.S.

Legal Status

Families receive legal guardianship of their child when returning home from Thailand. Families will need to finalize the adoption in their state of residence.

Learning More About Thailand

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, has a mixture of ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canal side communities and iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Tai people migrated from southwestern China in the 11th century and Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country to avoid direct Western rule throughout the 18th and 19thcenturies. The official language of Thailand is Thai although 62 other languages are recognized including Lao, varieties of Chinese, and numerous tribal languages.

Thai culture has been shaped by many influences including Chinese, Cambodian, Burmese, Lao, and Indian. Thailand’s national religion, Theravada Buddihsm is central to the modern Thai identity. Thailand’s climate is largely tropical, hot and humid, with some variations in the mountains and the far north of Thailand.

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.

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