The children’s health and wellness after placement is our top priority. To that end, we carefully screen prospective adoptive parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Families must provide the following documentation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IAN completes all court documents for the relinquishment of parental rights. Once a court date is obtained, IAN will contact the adoptive family.
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 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.
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM