Which Inter-Country Programs Do You Offer?

We are accepting applications for families wishing to be accepted into our Outgoing USA newborn program. We work with prospective adopting families who have their Article 15 letter from the countries of: Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the U.K., and Austria.  

We are licensed in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan but are not accepting applications at this time.  Please check back with us on the status of this program.   

 

How Do We Get Started?

Interested families must first fill out our Readiness Survey.  We will review the information you provide us to determine whether your family is a good fit for our program.   We understand that adoption is time consuming and costly.  We want to ensure that your preferences match what types of birth parent situations we see most often.

 

 

Outgoing USA Newborn Program

We are accepting applications for international families wishing to be accepted into our outgoing USA newborn program.

Who can adopt?

We are accepting applications from prospective adoptive families residing in the countries of: Canada, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and England. We will consider other countries on a case by case basis. 

 

Families must have their Article 15 letter and be open to either gender, any ethnicity, birth parent expenses and open to some alcohol and/or drug exposure during pregnancy.  

What children are available?

Children available through our outgoing program are primarily newborns. Occasionally, we place older children ranging in age from 0-5 years of age. However, most placements are infant placements. Our birth parent outreach brings in a representative cross section of all race and socio-economic demographics.

How long does it take to receive a child?

Families entering our program cannot be guaranteed that a child will be placed in their home within a specific time frame. Your profile could be chosen the first time it is shown to a birth parent or after many times. We have also found no rule that universally applies to what attributes birth parents are looking for in the family that will adopt their child (i.e.: age, number of children, ethnicity, external appearances, socio-economic standing, religion, etc.). You will be selected by a birth mother who feels good about her child being raised in your family. Due to Premier Adoption Agency’s commitment to counseling our birth parents on all their options and respecting freedom of choice, no placement is ever guaranteed with a birth parent matched with a family even if living expenses have been paid on a birth parents behalf. We will never pressure a birth mother to place her child if she no longer feels adoption is the best decision for her and her baby.

The Process

In order to submit an application, you must first fill out our Readiness Survey.  This information is provided to our approval committee who makes a determination as to whether your preferences are appropriate for our program.  We understand that adoption is very costly and time consuming.  Our committee members are sensitive to this and do not want you to waste your time and money if they feel the likelihood of matching you with a birth mother who fits your preferences is low. 

 

If you are a match for our program, you will receive an email inviting you to apply to our program.  We will request your Article 15 letter from your Central Authority, a copy of your home study, and other documents such as background checks.

 

At the time you submit your application paperwork, the initial application fee of $450 is due. We will review your home study it to ensure it meets US requirements and send an an acceptance letter to your Central Authority or adoption agency.

 

You will complete the Adoptive Parent’s Preference Form outlining all of your preferences and we will help you prepare your family profile book which is given to eligible birth parents when they are ready to select adopting parents for their baby (also refer to Profile Book Guidelines).  Once we receive your profile books the first half of the Hague fee ($3,450) is due. 

 

When your family is selected by an expectant mother, we will contact you or your representative in your country, to give all of the information we have available in order to help you make a well-informed decision whether to accept the referral. You will be provided with social and medical histories, medical records if available, possible risks and total projected expenses.

 

If you decide to proceed, this is considered an “accepted referral” and the file activation fee ($3,500) is due in addition to reimbursing the agency for prior expenses for the expectant mother, as well as all projected expense money to financially assist her during pregnancy.

 

Once a referral is accepted, we continue to facilitate communication needs and requests (if applicable) while waiting for the baby to be born. A birth plan is put in place outlining the expectant mother’s requests at the delivery and the duration of her stay at the hospital. Four (4) weeks prior to her due date, the agency fee and second half of the Hague fee is due. The funds will be held in escrow until the birth mother signs her relinquishment/consent paperwork. Once the birth mother signs her relinquishment/consent paperwork after birth, the funds will be processed. Placement documents between you and Premier are signed outlining the physical and shared legal responsibilities for the baby until the adoption is legally finalized.

Costs

Our agency fee is $17,500. Birth mother expenses vary. In addition, families are required to pay for their pre-placement home study, application fee of $450, file activation fee of $3,500, Hague fee of $6,900, post-placement supervisory visits, legal expenses and travel expenses (if applicable).

 

Adopt from the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) 

On January 10, 2014, the US State Department announced Premier Adoption Agency as one of six US adoption agencies recognized by Ministry of Social Development in Kyrgyzstan to provide adoption services. We are honored to be working on behalf of the children in Kyrgyzstan to provide them opportunities for permanency through adoption.

Children Available

Children eligible for adoption in our Kyrgyzstan program ranging from 3-15 years old. Younger children are available on case by case basis, but the wait time is significantly longer for a referral. Children eligible for adoption are of Kyrgyz, Russian, and/or Asian descent. Families may not request ethnic descent or skin color when requesting a child, but most children have special needs ranging from mild to severe special needs. Children who are otherwise considered "healthy" will likely experience emotional delays due to abuse, neglect, and institutionalization.

We have a waiting list of children available for immediate referral. Please contact us directly for more detailed information.

Wait Time

The wait time for a referral begins once your dossier has been submitted to the Kyrgyz Ministry. A referral for a child between the ages of 2-4 years old is about 7-9 months. A referral for a child 4 years or older the wait is 5-6 months. However each case varies and we cannot guarantee these wait times.

Travel

There are 3 trips required to complete the process. The 1st trip will be the longest, about 2 weeks and both parents must travel. This trip includes supervised bonding periods with the child(ren). The 2nd trip will be for the court hearing and is relatively short trip. The 3rd trip will be to pick the child up and to complete any immigration/VISA requirements necessary. This trip will require the family to travel to Almaty, Kazakstan where the US Embassy is located.

Cost

The estimated cost for the entire adoption is $37,000 – $39,000.

Latvia Adoption Program

Who Can Adopt?

Married couples and single women may adopt. Latvia has no age specifications.

Children Available

This is primarily a program for adoption of older children (ages 8 and above), sibling groups, or children with special needs. Most of the older children available through the Latvia program are primarily healthy.

How Long Does It Take To Receive My Child?

After the Latvian Ministry receives your dossier documents, they put your file in a line according to your preferences for the child or children you want to adopt. Parents hoping to adopt children with special needs, children over age 10, or children in large sibling groups can have a relatively short wait. Parents wanting one healthy child under age 8 may wait much longer. It is difficult to predict exactly how long your wait will be, and it depends on a number of factors, including the number of parents with cases already in line ahead of you at the Latvian Ministry. The important thing to remember is that the Latvian Ministry is making every effort to find the best home for each child. That means that they will be working to match you with the best child for your family and your situation.

The Process

After receiving your application and application fee we will assist you in making preparations for your home study, U.S. Immigration documents and all other necessary documents (your dossier). After Latvia receives your dossier, it will be translated and processed. Your family will be placed on a waiting list with other prospective families. Your turn will be determined by the age, gender, and availability of the children. Once a referral is issued you may accept or decline the recommendation. We do caution families not to decline more than three referrals since waiting periods are usually dramatically extended as a result. Although two to three trips are required, one parent may travel alone on the third trip to bring the child home. The first trip takes approximately two weeks. On this trip, both parents will meet and spend time with the child. On the second trip, parents will appear in Latvian court, where the adoption will be finalized. After this court hearing, Latvia requires a 20-day waiting period before the child will be able to leave with adoptive parents. Adoptive parents may stay in Latvia during that wait time, or may return to Latvia approximately 3 weeks later to obtain the child’s US visa and return with the child to the US.

Costs

Adoption Fees: $13,500

**We recommend an $8,000-$10,000 travel allowance for two-parent families.**

 

At your request, Premier Adoption Agency will gladly make available the following information: (a) the number of our adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided; and (b) the number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on the last three calendar years. Premier Adoption Agency does not currently have any waiting child program. Parents who apply for adoption through programs with Premier Adoption Agency will not be referred a child for placement until a child becomes available through the appropriate Central Authority in the child’s country of origin.

If you would like more information please contact our International Program Coordinator at adopt@premieradoption.org or +1-435-625-0241

 
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