Russia Adoption
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Frequently Asked Questions About Adopting a Child from Russia

Adopt a Russian Child

Q: Is it possible to travel and not receive a child?

A: This is highly unlikely. Unlike other adoption programs, at Adoption House a specific child is referred to you. You then receive information about that specific child. You will travel to adopt that child, and will bring that child home with you.

Q: How long does the adoption process really take?

A: Our agency prides itself in the efficiency with which we process applications and prepare our adoptive parents. While not every part of the adoption process is within Adoption House's control, a normal time frame from the beginning of the process until you receive your child is approximately six to nine months. For persons who already have Immigration approval and a completed home study, the process can be significantly faster.

Q: Will my child be a U.S. Citizen?

A: Yes, if your child is eligible for an IR-3 visa. An IR-3 visa means that you and your spouse both were present overseas to see the child before the adoption was finalized and that your child meets all other criteria for an orphan. For Russian adoptions, both parents are required to travel. For a single parent, your child will also be eligible for an IR-3 visa as long as all criteria are met. If this is the case, your child will automatically become a U.S. citizen once he/she enters U.S. territory. You will need to document your child's U.S. citizenship status once your child is home with you by filing an N-600 Form with the CIS and/or by applying for a U.S. passport. It is critical that you do at least one of these, but we recommend doing both in the event one document is lost.

Q: Can Adoption House work with someone outside the state of Delaware?

A: Yes, Adoption House works with families from all 50 states and U.S. families who reside outside the United States including U.S. military families. For families who live outside Delaware and Pennsylvania, Adoption House can help you to identify a local licensed home study agency to perform your home study. The study can then be forwarded to Adoption House for processing.

Q: Can I adopt more than one child at the same time?

A: Yes. It is important to seriously consider adopting two children at once, but it is definitely allowed, and if it is the right situation for you, we will be happy to assist you in the process. It is possible to return to Russia after adopting one child to adopt a 2nd and/or a 3rd.

Q: How is the health of the children?

A: Overall, children from Russia are in good health, but there are exceptions. Some children suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome, attachment disorder, or developmental delay. Adoption House has been able to add an extra level of insurance for our couples and the children eligible for adoption, through the use of a conference call with a qualified physician, a translator, and the orphanage physician in the orphanage where the child resides.

Q: Are boys available for adoption?

A: Yes, both boys and girls are available for adoption. Recently however, there appears to be a greater demand for girls, thus the waiting period for the referral of a girl under the age of one year has increased.

Q: What age children are available?

A: Generally children have been as young as 9 months and as old as young teenagers. We have been successful in placing children very close to the ages requested by adoptive parents, most being 10-12 months of age.

Q: Will I be on my own in Russia or will I have assistance?

A: Adoption House sends individuals and groups of adopters to Russia, adopting 1-5 children at a time. You will generally travel as individuals to Moscow, and may meet with a group to travel to the same region. You will be escorted throughout the process by individuals experienced with adoptions and familiar with the language and customs of the country.

Q: Do I need additional legal counsel to complete the adoption?

A: Generally no. The adoption is completed in Russia and it is recognized here in the United States upon your return. Many families will chooses a simple process of re-adoption here in the United States which allows for the change of your child's name, the receipt of a local birth certificate and local court decree. Adoption House's attorney will be happy to complete this process if you desire.

Q: Is it necessary to travel to Russia and how long is the stay?

A: Two trips to Russia are required because the adoption is legally completed in Russia. For adopting couples, both husband and wife must travel. The first trip is 3-5 days and the second is 7-10 days. There are exceptions that may make your trip a few days to a week longer.

Q: Are singles eligible to adopt?

A: Single women are welcome to adopt from Russia.

Q: Can I adopt if I have other children?

A: Yes.

Q: How difficult is the paperwork to complete in adoption?

A: Adoption House will assist you in completing all of the paperwork required. Adoption House takes pride in assisting you with easy to follow instructions and personalized advice throughout the entire process. Adoption House also tries to make the process as smooth as possible by performing many of the tasks for you.

 
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