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Yes. Each country has different guidelines. These change often enough that you should call one of our Adoption Consultants about the specifics of the program you are interested in. You may also check our countries area for current information.
All countries provide medical information on the child and a photograph. You will want to check our countries area for specifics.
Yes. EAC has placed several beautiful sets of twins, and wonderful sibling groups.
Referral time varies in each program. The paperwork completion and dossier submission is up to you. Once your paperwork is completed and submitted to our agency, we send it to the country you have selected. Depending on the country, the time frame from dossier submission to the first referral varies from a few months to a few years. Please check with your adoption consultant for current wait times. We keep you informed of the changes in each country’s requirements.
Prospective parents will see that there are agency fees, CIS, and in-country fees. The age of the child and the number of children being adopted affects fees. Come to one of our free educational seminars where fees for each specific country are discussed. You can also call us toll free at 800-533-0098
Again, it depends on the country and the current regulations. You will want to check our countries area for specifics.
Someone who knows English is with you in each country, every step of the way. This is part of the service provided through our agency.
EAC provides each couple or individual with several supportive services: a handbook prior to travel to tell you about packing, food, electrical outlets in the country, the hotels and the trains and in-country air travel. We have used our own experiences and continue to add information collected by our EAC families who are returning home weekly. The closer you get to traveling, the more information and support and direction you will be receiving.
It depends on the country. You will want to check the “country” area on our website for specifics.
It is not the same for every country or every child. Many children have been abandoned or have been formally relinquished.
Adoptions are finalized in each country in court or the process of a “Giving and Receiving Ceremony.” In countries where there is a “Giving and Receiving Ceremony,” ten-day waiting period as court applies. Once this period expires, there is no provision to challenge the rights of the adoptive parents.
Yes, in many countries where we provide services singles may adopt. You will want to check the “country” area on our website for specifics or call our offices for the most up-to-date information.
As a general guideline, if you are single, you must be at least 25 years of age (CIS requirements). For married couples, you must be 21 and older (CIS requirements). You will want to check our “country” area on our website for country requirements.
In each country this number varies. There are thousands waiting for loving parents. It is important to know that there are children of all ages, both boys and girls, available. The ages of the children vary in each country, yet there are infants, toddlers and young children available in all countries where EAC provides adoption services.

The most common adoption terms:

Adoptee: A person who joins a family by adoption.

Adoption: A permanent, legally binding arrangement whereby persons other than the biological parents parent the child.

Adoption Agency: An organization that is licensed by a particular state to educate and prepare families to adopt children and to do all the necessary legal, administrative and social work to ensure that adoptions are in the best interests of the children.

Adoption Order/Decree: The document issued by the court upon finalization of an adoption, stating that the adoptee is the legal child of the adoptive parents.

Adoption Plan: The unique, individual plan a particular set of biological parents makes for the adoption of their child.

Adoptive Parent(s): A person or persons who become the permanent parents with all the social, legal rights and responsibilities incumbent upon any parent.

Birth Certificate: When a child is born a certified document indicates the birth information of a person including mother’s and father’s name and the name given to the child at the time of birth.  Once the adoption is finalized, the original birth certificate is amended reflecting the adoptive parents as the child’s parents and the original birth certificate is sealed and in many states remains confidential until the child is 18 years old.

Birth parents: The parents who conceived a child, made an adoption plan for the child and subsequently relinquished their parental rights to the child and created an adoption plan.   Also referred to as the biological parents.

Employer Adoption Benefit Package: Adoption benefits provided to employees as part of an employer-sponsored benefit program, which are included within their employment compensation package.

Facilitator: An individual that is not licensed as an adoption agency or licensed as an attorney, and who is engaged in the matching of biological parents with adoptive parents.

Finalization: The court hearing that results in the adoption order. This is the moment when the adoptee becomes the permanent, legally adopted child of the adoptive parents.

Homestudy: A three-part process required before a child can be placed with a family for foster care or adoption: (1) Written portion includes autobiographies, references, medical reports, financial statements, child abuse and criminal clearances and other written materials; (2) Social work process includes a series of visits in the applicants’ home to discuss a variety of issues from the applicants’ backgrounds to their motivations to adopt and their understanding of adoption and parenting; (3) Educational process includes training in adoption and parenting issues. The end result of this process is a written document completed by a licensed agency giving a summary of the applicants’ family life. This document indicates approval of the applicants for adoption. In most states it must be updated annually.

Match or Matching: The process of bringing together qualified prospective adoptive parents and willing biological parents, who by choice choose to explore the compatibility of each other and who can agree on the terms under which the adoptive parents can adopt the child.

Placement: A term used to describe the point in time when the child comes to live with the adoptive parents in their home.

Tax Credit (Adoption): A tax credit for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. The adoption credit is an amount subtracted from the adoptive parents’ tax liability.

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