Through its international adoption programs, BAAS has welcomed children to the U.S. from over 50 countries. Links to our current programs are below and you can click on any of them to learn more about each country and how BAAS participates in the process. Also below, is a general overview and timeline for the international adoption process.
INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION PROCESS OVERVIEW
Parents must be a resident of one of the 15 counties in Northern California we serve
- Contra Costa
- San Benito
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
- San Francisco
- San Joaquin
- San Mateo
- That you are committed to the idea of parenting a foreign-born child.
- That you are a U.S. citizen (if married, at least one parent needs to be a citizen, the other can be a permanent resident).
- That each parent must be at least 25 years old and be at least 10 years older than the child.
- That parents pass Federal and State fingerprint clearances.
- That parents pass State Child Abuse Central Index Check
- That parents have enough income to meet expenses (but do not need to be wealthy).
- That parents have a stable family life: Married a minimum of at least one year if married.
- Parents will need four references that they’ve known for at least 3 years (Cannot use each other, parents, or relatives) .
- Parents must be in good mental and physical health.
- BAAS considers each family on its own merits.
GENERAL INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION TIMELINE
HOME STUDY PROCESS
3 – 6 Months
- Pre Adopt Class
- Homestudy Documents (submit to BAAS)
- Homestudy Meetings (4)
- Overseas Program Consultation
- Finalization of Homestudy* (*Notarization of homestudy to be done once all documents have been submitted by the family to BAAS)
2 – 3 Months
- United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Approval
DOSSIER PREP & WAIT
- Dossier Preparation and Translation (Generally done concurrently with homestudy)
- Submit Dossier to Foreign Country
6 – 36 Months
- Wait Time for Referral
- Wait time varies greatly based on a number of factors
- Program consultation will provide country specific information
- Acceptance of Referral
TRAVEL & ADOPTION PLACMEMENT
1 – 8 Months
- Travel to Foreign Country to Pick up your child
- 1 week to 6 weeks in country. (Varies by Country)
6 Months – 5 Years
- Post Placement
- Finalization of Adoption
Total Time: 18 – 78 months
Most families come home with a child between 18 – 30 months.You will have some choices along the way, which will impact how long the process takes. If you are flexible about the gender of the child, open to country that you adopt from, and submit all homestudy and USCIS documents promptly – then the process will be closer to 12–18 months.
INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION RESOURCES
What Is the Group For?
Monthly meetings for families who adopted older children (5 years or older) through international or national adoption.
What Do We Do?
Meetings are an opportunity for adoptive parents to meet informally and to share ideas, experiences and information. Families who adopted older children (5 years or older) through international or national adoption are always welcome. Families who adopted infants/toddlers are also welcome to join if their children are currently attending a school. The group seeks to provide with emotional support and practical tips to adoptive parents/family members.
When Do We Meet?
Second Wednesday of each month
Where Do We Meet?
Parents Helping Parents (PHP)
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits-San Jose,
1400 Parkmoor Ave., Ste. 100,
San Jose, CA 95126.
How Do You Reserve Your Seat?
Email RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-727-5775
PHP Group Link: