Naptime at NCO Children's Home in Naxal, Nepal, 2009. Photo: Jesse Barlow
Randy Barlow, Director of American Adoption Professionals Abroad
Are you an American abroad wanting to adopt?
Start your adoption journey with us.
We are a non-profit professional association of adoption social workers and consultants living and working worldwide. Together we have consulted in over 1000 cases in over 100 countries since 1990. We provide Hague-accredited home studies for international adoptions, U.S. domestic home studies and post-placement and post-adoption supervision. Our home studies and post-adoption services are conducted in partnership with a COA and Hague-accredited U.S. adoption agency, in compliance with all placement agency, country of adoption, Hague Convention and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements.
Who We Work With
U.S. military worldwide, federal civilian employees, including U.S. State Department Foreign Service, and Department of Defense teachers and employees. Our first clients in the early 1990's were active duty military in Germany and Italy.
Business families abroad working with foreign and U.S. companies. Many of our clients work for major corporations worldwide.
Missionaries and international school teachers. We have worked with families in several remote locations worldwide including Africa, Iraq and Uzbekistan.
Non-United States citizens in special cases.
The Adoption Process in 3 Steps
We consult with our clients on immigration, country and agency selection as part of the adoption home study process suited to your particular circumstances. The home study approves prospective adoptive parents to adopt -- it is a history of your life: background, current circumstances, the decision to adopt, plans for parenting, medical health and financial stability.
The adoption placement agency assists in creating a dossier and identifies and places a child into a family. We are not a placement agency although we work with dozens of U.S. domestic and international agencies in the U.S.A. to ensure your home study meets all of their requirements.
We provide post-placement supervision, post-adoption home visits, and reports that meet all agency and country requirements.
How to Begin the Home Study Process
Contact us for fees, services, information and consultation.
Set up a telephone call or Skype to discuss your unique situation and adoption goals.
We email you our questionnaire after you have signed the contract and returned it to us. Upon receiving the signed contract we can explore home visit dates and times.
After receiving the completed questionnaire, we will conduct the home visit.
We usually provide the home study report draft for your review in 30-45 days.
Your placement agency reviews the home study to ensure it satisfies their requirements.
We Express Mail or FedEx home study reports to you.
Considerations for Your Adoption Journey
Hague Convention vs. Non-Hague Convention Adoption