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ADOPTION FAQS

How do I start the adoption process?

By contacting All Blessings International, we will be able to discuss our adoption services and provide you with information that is uniquely relevant to your family. There is a great deal of information available on the internet regarding adoption services, but by contacting us directly, we can answer all of your questions and provide you with the most specific and applicable information for your family.

What children are available for adoption?

The demographic range of children available to be adopted is broad. In regards to age, it is possible to adopt children as newborns, as well as older children and every age in between. It is possible to adopt children with varying special needs, as well as healthy children. It is possible to adopt a single child, a sibling group, or multiple unrelated children. During the home study process, we will discuss your family’s specific desires regarding adoption, and also provide a professional assessment in regards to the child(ren) you are being approved to adopt.

Do I have to be married in order to adopt?

No, you do not need to be married to adopt a child. ABI provides adoption services to single people each year.

Can I adopt if my spouse is not a US citizen?

Yes, you are able to adopt if your spouse if not a United States citizen. USCIS regulations permit international adoptions if only one spouse is a citizen.  ABI has provided adoption services to many couples where only one spouse is a United States citizen.

Can I adopt if I already have children?

Yes, you can adopt if you already have children. There are many programs which welcome experienced parents. Through ABI’s adoption services, we can assist your family in identifying the adoption program best suited for your family’s demographics.

How long does an adoption take from beginning to end?

This depends greatly on the placement program chosen and the agency chosen. The length of time varies between programs, and each adoption is different. You can refer to our country comparison sheet for typical timelines for each of our programs. Please
note: These are estimated time frames and are in no way meant to guarantee the length of time for an adoption process.

ABI works diligently to ensure our adoption services are provided in a timely manner. Families can control the speed of their adoption by completing all of their paperwork quickly and accurately.

How long does it take All Blessings International to complete a home study?

All Blessings International is licensed to perform home studies, as well as additional adoption services, for residents of Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and Tennessee. Much of the process in completing the home study assessment is reliant upon the adoptive family and how quickly they are able to complete their documentation. It is also reliant upon contributing factors, such as your background clearance agencies, your references completing their questionnaires, and your physician submitting your medical reports. Once all of the documentation has been submitted, and your home visits have been completed, All Blessings International will proficiently complete the home study assessment report. We take great pride in our expedient and efficient home study and adoption services.

How do I apply to adopt a child with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)? Why must I do this?

USCIS verifies that all children entering the country for the purposes of international adoption have a qualified family waiting for them. The agency performing your home study must submit a study which conforms to the laws for your state, and USCIS will take your fingerprints for an FBI background check. For countries which are a party to the Hague Convention, you will file a form I800-A. For all other countries, you will file form I600-A. As ABI provides adoption services to your family, we can answer any questions that you might have concerning this process.

Is travel required for adoption?

This varies dependent upon the adoption program you have chosen. For domestic adoption, you will need to travel to the child’s place of birth. For international adoption, some countries will allow an escort to bring the child into the United States. Others require at least one parent to travel. Still, others require both parents to travel. Some countries require one international trip, while others require two trips.

All Blessings International strongly recommends that all families travel to meet their children whenever possible. Meeting your child in the familiar surroundings of his/her birth country is the best way to begin a loving and compassionate relationship.  These options can be discussed in detail as ABI provides your adoption services.

What is the Hague Convention, and what does it mean?

The United States is part of an important treaty on intercountry adoption called the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). The treaty governs adoptions between the United States and nearly 75 other nations, and to ensure adoption services are being provided ethically. The Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for the United States on April 1, 2008. The Department of State is the U.S. Central Authority for the Convention and oversees compliance with the Convention and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA). In this role, the Department of State also serves as U.S. liaison with other adoption Central Authorities around the world.

The Hague Adoption Convention protects children and their families against the risks of unregulated adoptions abroad and ensures that intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of children. The Convention also serves to prevent the abduction, sale of, or trafficking in children.

All Blessings International is proud to be a fully accredited Adoption Services Provider under the Hague Convention, and provides adoption services that meet the standards regulated by the Hague Convention.

What is Hague Accreditation? Why should I choose an accredited agency?

By utilizing a Hague Accredited agency you can be assured that the adoption services being provided by your agency meet all of the requirements of Hague accreditation, which involve financial stability, policies for transition should an agency close, policies for transparency, and numerous other safeguards. Hague accredited agencies are accountable to their accrediting entities for poor business practices or unethical behaviors.

All Blessings International is proud to be a fully accredited Adoption Services Provider under the Hague Convention.

WAITING CHILDREN

In our mission to find families for God’s children, All Blessings International is dedicated to advocating for children in need and available for adoption. The link below will take you to ABI’s Waiting Children Page.  These children are waiting for their most precious gift – a permanent family.  Could you be that family?

According to recently released Department of State guidance, a child may not be held for a family who does not yet have a completed home study, meaning that other families who have a completed home study may still be considered for waiting children, until it can be established that a family is approved and able to meet the needs of the specific child. ABI may not hold a child and may not advocate for a hold on a child until a family’s home study is complete. If you do not have an approved positive home study, we can provide home study services to families living in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, and Missouri; if you don’t live in one of those states, then we can assist you in locating a home study provider.

This page is password protected. In order to gain access, please contact Jennifer Baldwin at jennifer@allblessings.org.

Each country program has different requirements for prospective adoptive families. Please check the program page for the country of any child in which you are interested to see if you might qualify to adopt him or her.  ABI works with prospective adoptive parents to ensure that each match is the best possible choice for the child and family alike.

All Blessings International Kentucky is a licensed home study provider and child placement agency in the state of Kentucky.

Services Provided:

  • Home Study Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    • Training and Education
    • Assessment Services
    • Adoption Support
  • Post Placement Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    • Post Placement Support
    • Adjustment Counseling
    • Readoption Assistance
    • Resource Referral
  • Child Placement Services for Domestic Adoption
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Support
    • Client Advocacy
    • Profile Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • Interstate Adoption Assistance
  • Child Placement Services for ABI’s International Adoption Programs
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Support
    • Client Advocacy
    • Dossier Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • USCIS Assistance

Any time a family pursues an adoption, a homestudy is required by law. The home study agency must be licensed in the state which the prospective adoptive parent(s) reside. All Blessings is a non-profit, Hague accredited, child-placing agency, fully licensed to provide services to residents of Kentucky.

ABI provides services to families hoping to pursue international adoption from any country open to American citizens. ABI can provide domestic home studies for families interested in domestic adoption. Kentucky families are also eligible to apply to any ABI placing or networking adoption program. If a family is utilizing placement services from an agency other than ABI, we work cooperatively with the client’s placement agency to ensure the best possible services are rendered.

ABI Kentucky is staffed with highly experienced adoption professionals, who have assisted families with adoptions from countries around the world. Many of our staff are adoptive parents themselves, and therefore are compassionate to the needs of prospective adoptive parents.  ABI Kentucky staff is very passionate about adoption and serving adoptive families and children.


Contact us today:

All Blessings International
3808 South Griffith Avenue
Owensboro, Kentucky 42301

Phone: (270) 684-2598
Email: contact@allblessings.org

All Blessings International Indiana is a licensed home study provider and child placement agency in the state of Indiana.

Services Provided:

  • Home Study Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    •  Training and Education
    • Assessment Services
    •  Adoption Support
  • Post Placement Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    • Post Placement Support
    • Adjustment Counseling
    • Readoption Assistance
    • Resource Referral
  • Child Placement Services for Domestic Adoption
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Supporto Client Advocacy
    • Profile Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • Interstate Adoption Assistance
  • Child Placement Services for ABI’s International Adoption Programs
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Support
    • Client Advocacy
    • Dossier Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • USCIS Assistance

Any time a family pursues an adoption, a homestudy is required by law. The home study agency must be licensed in the state which the prospective adoptive parent(s) reside. All Blessings is a non-profit, Hague accredited, child-placing agency, fully licensed to provide services to residents of Indiana.ABI provides services to families hoping to pursue international adoption from any country open

ABI provides services to families hoping to pursue international adoption from any country open to American citizens. ABI can provide domestic home studies for families interested in domestic adoption. Indiana families are also eligible to apply to any ABI placing or networking adoption program. If a family is utilizing placement services from an agency other than ABI, we work cooperatively with the client’s placement agency to ensure the best possible services are rendered.

ABI Indiana is staffed with highly experienced adoption professionals, who have assisted families with adoptions from countries around the world. Many of our staff are adoptive parents themselves, and therefore are compassionate to the needs of prospective adoptive parents. ABI Indiana staff is very passionate about adoption and serving adoptive families and children.

The ABI Indiana office is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana. However, families are asked to use ABI’s main office in Owensboro, Kentucky for all written correspondence.


Contact Us Today:

All Blessings International
3808 S. Griffith Ave.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Phone: (270) 684-2598
Email: contact@allblessings.org

All Blessings International Missouri is a licensed home study provider and child placement agency in the state of Missouri.

Services Provided:

  • Home Study Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    • Training and Education
    • Assessment Services
    • Adoption Support
  • Post Placement Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    • Post Placement Support
    • Adjustment Counseling
    • Readoption Assistance
    • Resource Referral
  • Child Placement Services for Domestic Adoption
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Support
    • Client Advocacy
    • Profile Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • Interstate Adoption Assistance
  • Child Placement Services for ABI’s International Adoption Programs
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Support
    • Client Advocacy
    • Dossier Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • USCIS Assistance

Any time a family pursues an adoption, a homestudy is required by law. The home study agency must be licensed in the state which the prospective adoptive parent(s) reside. All Blessings is a non-profit, Hague accredited, child-placing agency, fully licensed to provide services to residents of Missouri.

ABI provides services to families hoping to pursue international adoption from any country open to American citizens. ABI can provide domestic home studies for families interested in domestic adoption. Missouri families are also eligible to apply to any ABI placing or networking adoption program. If a family is utilizing placement services from an agency other than ABI, we work cooperatively with the client’s placement agency to ensure the best possible services are rendered.

ABI Missouri is staffed with highly experienced adoption professionals, who have assisted families with adoptions from countries around the world. Many of our staff are adoptive parents themselves, and therefore are compassionate to the needs of prospective adoptive parents.  ABI Missouri staff is very passionate about adoption and serving adoptive families and children.


Contact Us Today:

All Blessings International
State Director Emily Mathews
5505 North Farmer Branch Road
Ozark, Missouri 65721

Ph: (417) 485-4488
Email: emily@allblessings.org

All Blessings International Tennessee is a licensed home study provider and child placement agency in the state of Tennessee.

Services Provided:

  • Home Study Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    • Training and Education
    • Assessment Services
    • Adoption Support
  • Post Placement Services for Domestic or International Adoption
    • Post Placement Support
    • Adjustment Counseling
    • Readoption Assistance
    • Resource Referral
  • Child Placement Services for Domestic Adoption
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Support
    • Client Advocacy
    • Profile Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • Interstate Adoption Assistance
  • Child Placement Services for ABI’s International Adoption Programs
    • Training and Education
    • Ongoing Support
    • Client Advocacy
    • Dossier Assistance
    • Placement Services
    • USCIS Assistance

Any time a family pursues an adoption, a homestudy is required by law. The home study agency must be licensed in the state which the prospective adoptive parent(s) reside. All Blessings is a non-profit, Hague accredited, child-placing agency, fully licensed to provide services to residents of Tennessee.

ABI Tennessee provides services to families hoping to pursue international adoption from any country open to American citizens. ABI Tennessee can provide domestic home studies for families interested in domestic adoption. Tennessee families are also eligible to apply to any ABI placing or networking adoption program. If a family is utilizing placement services from an agency other than ABI, we work cooperatively with the client’s placement agency to ensure the best possible services are rendered.

ABI Tennessee is staffed with highly experienced adoption professionals, who have assisted families with adoptions from countries around the world. Many of our staff are adoptive parents themselves, and therefore are compassionate to the needs of prospective adoptive parents.  ABI Tennessee staff is very passionate about adoption and serving adoptive families and children.


Contact Us Today:

All Blessings International
1650 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 203
Franklin, TN 37067

Ph: (615) 905-6586
Email: natasha@allblessings.org

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