Family Connections, Inc. Adoption Blog

Do You Need An Expedited Home Study?

Posted by Anita Stevens on Fri, Jun 30, 2017


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Tags: home study services, expedited, in a hurry

Medical Needs of Internationally Adopted Children

Posted by Nancy S on Wed, Jun 21, 2017

You have just been approved to adopt a child living in an international orphanage.  You will soon travel to meet them and bring them home.  There are some things to consider when you plan out the next steps of your adoption.  Internationally adopted children can be at risk for many diseases simply because of their living conditions and many children are coming home with significant special needs. Children in an international orphanage are likely living in impoverished conditions with inadequate nutrition and medical care. They often are not exposed to the stimulating educational toys needed to help them develop and grow.  They may have suffered trauma or been exposed to diseases and parasites.  It is very important that you consider their medical care when they arrive home.  There are many pediatricians that specialize in the care of internationally adopted children and they can help you provide the best medical care for your child. Soon after arriving home your child will need to be evaluated by a medical professional.

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Tags: adoption, international adoption, adoption help, medical needs of adopted children

What Does That Mean? Terminology in International Adoption

Posted by Nancy S on Wed, May 03, 2017

Some of the terms in international (inter-country) adoption can be confusing. Know what is required by the country you are adopting from and the US government agencies involved in international adoption will require you to understand these specific terms. Here is a list of some of the most common terms in international adoption and their meaning. We hope this will help you understand the international adoption process better. If you have any questions about adoption we are here to help. Family Connections, Inc. is a New York state authorized adoption agency who has achieved Hague Accreditation and with over twenty years of experience in adoption we would be glad to help you better understand your adoption choices.  You can contact us by clicking below to request a free, personal, no-obligation adoption consultation to explore your adoption options or at 607-756-6574.

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Tags: adoption, adopt a child, international adoption, adoption choices, Hague Accredited Adoption Agency, international adoption dossier, adoption information

Preparing a Dossier for International Adoption

Posted by Nancy S on Fri, Mar 17, 2017

As you prepare to adopt a child internationally you will soon need to prepare your dossier paperwork.  Below is a guide to help make the process easier. Your dossier is a representation of you as adoptive parents to a foreign country, getting it right is important.

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Tags: adoption, international adoption, international adoption dossier, adoption paperwork

Why Does International Adoption Cost So Much?

Posted by Anita Stevens on Tue, Mar 07, 2017


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Tags: adoption, adopt a child, foreign adoption, international adoption, Hague Accredited Adoption Agency, tax credit

Adoption Home Study - Who can do it?

Posted by Nancy S on Fri, Feb 17, 2017





Are you thinking about adopting a child?

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Tags: adoption, domestic adoption, home study services, adoption help, social worker home visit, home visit

Filing the I-800A or I-600A For Your Adoption

Posted by Nancy S on Tue, Feb 07, 2017



If you are adopting internationally and have completed your home study investigation report..  You are now ready to file your I-800A or I-600A with the USCIS depending upon whether you are adopting from a Convention or Non-Convention country.


Here are a couple of things to keep in mind, before you move on..


Some placement agencies (Primary Provider) will help you prepare this paperwork, while others will make it your responsibility.


When working with a foreign government, duplication and redundancy in paperwork is going to be a given. Accepting this condition will make the process less of a hassle.


Okay, let's continue!


What is needed for the I-800A/I-600A process and how long does it take? Here is an overview of the process:

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Tags: adoption, international adoption

Traveling for your International Adoption - Why should you get there early?

Posted by Jessie McNaughton on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

When you are adopting internationally or from Puerto Rico, you will have to travel to the country you are adopting from. We encourage our clients to plan to arrive at least a day before you have any in-country meetings scheduled. Some wonder why they should arrive early. There are a few reasons that we think it is important.

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Tags: international adoption, adoptive family

Placing Your Child for Adoption - Answers to Your Questions

Posted by Nancy S on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

If you are pregnant and not sure you want to parent your baby you need to understand you have options and rights. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption you may have some questions. Here are some answers to the questions you may have:

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Tags: adoption, adoption options, birth mother, adoption choices, adoption help, adoption support, pregnancy help, adoption questions

Primary Provider Services for International Adoption

Posted by Renee Hettich on Tue, Jan 24, 2017


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Tags: home study services for international adoption, international adoption, Hague Accredited Adoption Agency