International adoption is a carefully regulated process that allows families from the United States to adopt orphaned children from other countries. To ensure the safety of children and to protect them from child trafficking, the process of international adoption is overseen by a governmental agency both in the United States (the Department of State) and a governmental agency in the child's country of origin. The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention) is an international agreement to safeguard intercountry adoptions. Countries that have signed the Hague convention are considered convention countries, and families adopting from these countries have better assurances of the adoption process being ethically sound and in the best interest of children. To facilitate intercountry adoptions, adoption agencies must be accredited or approved on a federal level by the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA evaluates agencies and individuals using uniform standards to ensure that international adoptions are done ethically and responsibly. Agencies that pass COA standards for international adoptions are granted Hague Accreditation, giving them the ability to work internationally. Chrysalis House achieved inital Hague Accreditation in 2008 and has a current Accreditation through March 31, 2022, which allows us to provide international adoption services in convention countries.
Chrysalis House currently has a program to work directly with the Philippines to help place children internationally. In many cases, we work cooperatively with another agency if a family wishes to adopt from a another country, such as China, Haiti or Korea. Chrysalis House is able to work with most other Hague accredited agencies to complete an international adoption. If you feel that international adoption may be right for you, but have questions about how the process works, please call and schedule an appointment with us today!
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