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International Adoption Services

Our International Adoption Program covers the full service of the adoption from initial application to bringing the child home and post adoption services.

Family Intake & Assessment

The children’s health and wellness after placement is our top priority. To that end, we carefully screen prospective adoptive parents.

Adoption Education & Training

  • By Colorado regulations, adoptive parents are required to undergo 24 hours of adoption-related training and education.
  • Topics include, but are not limited to: understanding the post-institutionalized child, effects of the child being institutionalized, how to facilitate bonding/attachment, understanding and responding to trans-racial adoption issues, 7-core stages of adoption, talking with children about adoption, and more.
  • We also prepare families for travel to the foreign country.

Child Referral & Placement

Referral and placement is made to qualified prospective adoptive parents in the United States, upon completion of the approved home study. We strive first to match the needs of the child to the adoptive family and secondarily, meet the needs of the adoptive family.

Dossier Preparation

IAN educates each family about the importance of proper dossier preparation and provides expert guidance through the process. Each dossier is thoroughly reviewed for accuracy before being sent abroad. Dossiers are carefully prepared and professionally presented for consideration in the foreign country.

Family Counseling & Referral

Counseling for services to adoptive families as needed in the areas of mental health services, medical services, attachment and therapeutic services, adoption support groups, etc.

Post Adoption

To ensure IAN provides a post adoption/placement visits within the first six months of the child’s arrival in the US after adoption. IAN follows the country requirements for frequency of visits, and social worker visits last at least one year from the time of adoption. Most countries require reports for at least two years from the time of adoption, including some self-reports.

Home Study Services

Because we are primarily a child-welfare organization, our first priority – like yours – is to ensure that children are placed in a safe, healthy and loving environment.

Family Intake

Families must provide the following documentation.

  • State and Federal Criminal Clearances
  • Child Abuse Clearance
  • Positive Medical Exams
  • Strong Financial Statements
  • Mulitple references from non-family members
  • Psychological Examination

Home Visit

  • The caseworker meets with the family multiple times over six weeks.
  • The caseworker will discuss the family's motivation to adopt, abilities to parent a child(ren), support system, preparation for international adoption, and more.

Adoption Training

  • By Colorado regulations, adoptive parents are required to undergo 24 hours of adoption-related training and education.
  • Topics include, but are not limited to: how to facilitate bonding/attachment, 7-core stages of adoption, talking with children about adoption, and more.

Domestic Adoption Services

Our Domestic Adoption Program covers the full service of the adoption from initial application to rights relinquishment.

Intake Interview

You will meet with a caseworker who will provide an overview of the adoption process, fees, costs, adoption laws, agency policies, goals, and signing of all required documents.

Home Study

A home study consists of interviews, both jointly and individually, including interviews with any children in your home, review of documents, obtaining background clearances, and educational classes. A home visit will be conducted to view your house and neighborhood, and a safety inspection will be completed.

Adoption Education Classes

Training classes are required by the State of Colorado and IAN. The training will prepare you for the realities of adopting and parenting a child as well as allow you to form supportive relationships with other adoptive families.

Out of State Families

For Out of State families, IAN can be your placement agency. That means we will work with you for child placement and birth parents. You will have to work with a local agency for home study and adoption training classes.

Family Profile

  • You will prepare a Personal Family Profile for birth parent(s) to review at the time they are selecting the family. IAN will provide you with guidelines, examples, and suggestions concerning the letters and photographs to include in the profile.
  • When chosen by birth parent(s), clients are provided with the social and medical history forms completed by the birth parent(s), informed concerning any expenses required by the birth parents, and other relevant information.

Meeting the Birthmother

If the clints reside in Colorado, a "match meeting" with the birth parent(s) will be scheduled. This is a facilitated meeting attended by the adoptive family, the birth parent(s), and an IAN caseworker. We will discuss the pregnancy, the hospital plan, desired contact before the birth, and the future openness between the parties.

    Hospital Discharge

    A birth parent counselor will be present at the hospital before and after the birth of the baby in interface with the birth parent(s), the adoptive family, and hospital staff. IAN will prepare all court documents and required hospital paperwork. IAN will coordinate the placement process to completion.

    Interstate/Interagency Agreements

    • The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) enables facilitation of an adoption in which the birth parents and the adoptive families reside in different states.
    • Services provided include completion of the ICPC paperwork if Colorado is the sending state (the state where the baby is born), coordinating the ICPC process, and approval through CDHS.
    • If Colorado is the receiving state, the caseworker submits the proper fees to CDHS. The sending state forwards the ICPC packet to the state of Colorado contract agency for approval.

    Court Approval of Placement

    IAN will assist you in finding an attorney to file the Petition for Adoption within thirty days after placement of the baby with you. Another option is to retain IAN to file the Petition and subsequent documents required for finalization of your adoption.

    Rights Relinquishment

    IAN completes all court documents for the relinquishment of parental rights. Once a court date is obtained, IAN will contact the adoptive family.

    Foster Care Licensing

    If you reside in the State of Colorado, you will be licensed as a "Foster/Adopt" home from the time of placement to the date of adoption finalization (6-7 months after placement). IAN will be given guardianship through a court order and will be able to consent to the adoption of your child.

    Post Placement Supervision

    Post placement supervision is required by the State of Colorado for a preiod of six months after placement. Several face to face visits with the child and all family members are necessary. This process is to provide support for you and to ensure the physical and emotional well being of your child. We will assist you with techniques to use towards successful attachment and adjustment between your family and your child.


    At the end of the six month period, you will finalize the adoption of your child in the appropriate district court. IAN will complete and assemble all court documents for finalization, accompany you to the court hearing and provide testimony on your behalf. We will obtain certified copies of the Final Adoption Decree for you and for IAN's file.

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