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KidsFirst International Adoption, Inc. (“KFIA”) is a Hague-accredited non-profit adoption agency licensed in 2006 to place children from countries party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the “Convention”). KFIA was accredited in the first group of agencies to attain Hague Accreditation in 2007 and has remained accredited since then. KFIA currently provides adoption services for all international adoptions. KFIA also offers a waiting children list that ranges in age from 1-15 years old for children who are currently available for adoption and are waiting to find their “forever” families. International adoption regulations change frequently, and we pride ourselves on helping our adoptive families navigate these processes.

It is our mission to educate prospective adoptive parents about options that are available, based on their hopes and expectations. We have worked in international adoption for 20 years and have spent countless hours on the phone and meeting with representatives overseas. Our experience helps to smooth the path that our adoptive parents traverse on their adoption journeys. We’re able to connect adoptive parents with resources to enable them to choose the best options for their families.

 

Education

Due to the requirements of The Hague Convention all prospective adoptive families must complete a minimum of 10 hours of adoption related education before their home study can be finalized. We have partnered with Adoption Learning Partners to offer this education. The courses are offered online so they can be completed at your convenience. The fees for the courses are set by Adoption Learning Partners and are subject to change at any time. For families using a home study preparer other than KidsFirst, we will discuss the educational requirements of your home study agency to determine if that education will be acceptable for our requirements.

As an agency, we provide:

  • One-on-one communication with adoptive parents to ensure that they fully understand which programs and situations are best for them.
  • Close communication with our representatives abroad and timely responses as issues arise.
  • As much information as possible to facilitate the evaluation of the needs of a child and finding the best family to care for the child.
  • Guidance to ensure that every adoptive parent consult with top specialists to understand the medical needs and personality traits of any child considered for adoption.
  • Step by step guidance through the adoption process, from match to finalization, and continuing support to families post-adoption, including providing resources for years to come after adoption.

It is our goal to see children thrive in loving families. This is the purpose of what we do and why we put so much heart and soul into ensuring that the success of our adoptive families.

We welcome families that are considering international adoptions to call us for a free consultation. We have so many children waiting, and there are so many families that are looking to expand through adoption. We are happy to answer your questions in a very honest and transparent manner.

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Ukraine

KidsFirst is very excited to work with adoptions in Ukraine, as this is where Inna Pecar, the Executive Director of KidsFirst, is originally from. Inna understands the culture and language of Ukraine and has great pride for the people of Ukraine. Ukraine is not a Hague country but is subject to the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 (UAA), which requires that adoption service providers be accredited or approved, and therefore meet the accreditation standards. The UAA requires that an accredited or approved adoption service provider act as the primary provider in every Convention or non-Convention intercountry adoption case.

Ukraine permits only families that are heterosexual couples to adopt. Single men and women are not allowed to adopt. Ukraine does not provide referrals of children before traveling. KidsFirst connects adoptive parents to medical specialists knowledgeable in international adoption and the medical and psychological conditions the children have. We help families understand what conditions they can and cannot accept by connecting the family to the proper resources. We have worked for over 20 years with international adoption. We will guide you through every step of the international adoption process, from the selection of a country, applying and receiving approval from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), dossier preparation, receiving and reviewing child referrals, traveling to meet a child or children, and finalizing the adoption of the child or children overseas.

Parent Eligibility:
  • Married heterosexual couples only
  • Must be 25 years old or older
  • Parents may not be more than 50 years older than the child
Process:
  • Home Study completion
  • Education
  • Apply to and receive approval to adopt from USCIS
  • Dossier Preparation and Submission
  • Preparation to travel
  • Ongoing communication with the family while they are in country
  • Receive, review, evaluate and accept child referral, including consultation with medical specialists
Required Steps while in the country:
  • Our coordinator guides families through every step of the adoption process
  • Information about the child is received at the ministry in Ukraine during the first trip.
  • KidsFirst prepares families prior to the trip and connects them with experienced doctors to ensure they are educated and have support in making this very important decision in their lives.
  • Both parents have to meet with the child prior to appearing in court.
  • Adoption finalization in the country.
Adoptions can be completed within a year
Travel:

*Usually 3 trips unless parents choose to combine them
  – 1st trip 7-10 days
  – 2nd trip 2-3 days (court)
  – 3rd trip 10-20 days

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Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country with a very straight-forward and transparent adoption process. The program requires relatively short stays. Our overseas team is knowledgeable about the well-being of the children and will provide information about the child’s medical and psychological condition, including the physical, social and psychological development of the child. We have a waiting child program in Bulgaria to match children with adoptive parents. We maintain constant communication with our overseas partners to find waiting children who will be a good match with our adoptive parents.

KidsFirst has extensive experience in international adoption and is knowledgeable about the referral information we receive. We evaluate the medical, psychological, and social needs of each child to make a successful placement for the child and the family. We do not accept families presently for the regular program due to the long waiting time. We do not feel that it is fair to involve adoptive parents into a four to six-year process to adopt a child. We are always available for free consultations. KidsFirst places children who are ages nine and up from Bulgaria or sibling groups in which some of the children may be younger than this age.

Parent Eligibility:
  • Married heterosexual couples and single women only
  • Must be 25 years old or older
  • Parents may not be more than 50 years older than the child
  • There are no requirements regarding length of marriage
Process:
  • Hague-approved Home Study completion
  • Education
  • Apply to and receive approval to adopt from USCIS
  • Dossier Preparation and Submission in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Justice in Bulgaria
  • Preparation to travel
  • Ongoing communication with the family while they are in country
  • Receive, review, evaluate and accept child referral, including consultation with medical specialists
Travel:

Completion of an adoption will require two 1-week trips which are approximately 3 months apart.

What a family considering adoption from Bulgaria should know:
  • Children live in orphanages and foster homes
  • Children are typically of Roma, Turkish and Slavic descent.
  • Bulgaria provides extensive information regarding medical, psychological, and social history of the children
  • They provide videos of the child(ren)
  • Our coordinators make themselves available to travel to the orphanages and answer any questions we have regarding a specific child

If you’re considering Bulgaria as a program, we will provide an honest perspective of what we see from the referrals received from the country.

It is the right program for a family who is:

  • considering younger children with certain special needs such as Down syndrome, Spina Bifida, cerebral palsy, HIV, heart conditions, hearing issues, and other specific special needs.
  • We provide the family with many resources for understanding what the family is and isn’t comfortable with when considering special needs.

We have 2 types of programs for adopting through Bulgaria:

  • Regular program– where we submit documents, including completed home study, dossier, and immigration approval to the ministry of justice and wait for the referral. We will help a family with their dossier and immigration services then we wait for a match with a child. We assist families through every step of the process and offer guidance on how to complete all paperwork. When we receive the information, we make sure it is reviewed carefully and connect families to top specialists and medical lists of resources for review.
  • Waiting Child Program– This means that we already have information on a child and are advocating for the right family. Bulgaria requires that a family have their home study completed within 6 months of committing to a child. We will walk families through every step of the process.

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Dominican Republic

KidsFirst is currently only accepting applications with the waiting program for Dominican Republic due to the extensive wait. Currently the waiting time for a referral is unpredictable, thus, KidsFirst has decided to advocate for children who are currently waiting.

The waiting child program typically includes children around 7-years-old and older. We typically see children with HIV, Down Syndrome, and other specific special needs, and we feel strongly about advocating for them. We are available for a consultation if a family has certain conditions they are considering and would like to learn more about the waiting time.

KidsFirst walks families through the entire process, step by step.

Please call our office at 317-843-2300 for a free consultation if you are considering adopting from the Dominican Republic.

Travel:
  • Prospective parents are required to travel for one trip.
  • Both parents must be in the country for approximately 5 weeks for a socialization and cohabitation period.
  • After this time, one parent may return home, giving the other parent power of attorney to complete the legal process, which can take an additional 2.5 to 3 months. Friends or family members may join the parent in the Dominican Republic for the remainder of the trip.

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Poland

Poland is primarily a waiting children’s program unless one or both parents are from Poland and have dual citizenship.

Parent Eligibility:
  • Allows adoption from married couples 
  • Must be 25 years-old or older
  • Adoptive Parents may not be more than 50 years older than the child
Travel:
  • 1st trip- Approximately 3 weeks long (Dependent on the requirements of a judge)
  • 2nd trip- 1-1.5 months. Possibility of 3 trips or 1 long trip depending on the family’s preference

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WAITING CHILDREN

Head over to our Waiting Children page to look at the profiles of international children who are ready and waiting to be adopted!

For more information on any waiting child, feel free to call our agency, or request more information by completing our contact form.

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