Best International Adoption Agencies


One great thing about adoption is that, based on research, about 90% of adopted children feel good about being adopted. Also, with the family environment that they will grow up with, they are more likely to achieve more and be successful in life and are thus, less likely to be delinquent. This is generally due to the fact that they are being showered with love and care.

Furthermore, research and statistics say that more children are available for adoption internationally than just in the United States. In fact, in Asia alone, there are two orphaned children in every child born in the United States. Hence, to quote Wolverine and The Greatest Showman star, Hugh Jackman, “Where is the need?” Jackman opted to adopt mixed-race children, but it does not mean that one has to have the same power or bank account as him. International adoption is totally feasible with all the help available from various agencies.

Some of the best and most popular agencies that help facilitate international adoption are Holt International, All God’s Children International, Bethany Christian Services, Spence-Chapin, Hopscotch Adoptions Inc., Nightlight Christian Adoptions, Open Door International Adoptions, Children of All Nations, Wasatch International Adoption, and A Love Beyond Borders Inc. to name a few. Most of these agencies are Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption accredited, which means that their services are guaranteed to be legitimate and secured. These agencies also offer childcare services while the adoption process is ongoing to make sure that the children waiting for adoption receive the proper amount of care, especially medical, before their placement in the US.

Best International Adoption Agencies

Other than being Hague accredited and having pre-adoption childcare services, the agencies below offer online application services as well that can be done on their websites.

Holt International

Holt International has already been in service for international adoption for over 60 years, with a family satisfaction rating of 95%. They offer an online application, photo listing of children on the waiting, consultation, and information meetings to families who are prospectively adopting internationally.

About the children

On the average, children that are up for adoption in Holt are 2-3 years old post-placement, more boys than girls, and have minor and correctable to lifelong specific emotional or medical needs such as prenatal alcohol or chemical exposure, premature birth, low birth weight, and the like. Also, on average, the adoption process under Holt’s supervision takes 2-3 years on a case-by-case basis.

Moreover, Holt International advocates for pre-adoption foster care, which means that many of the children on their list live with foster families to advocate for robust emotional and developmental health and milestones. Otherwise, children in care centers also receive apt care, especially medical, that prospective adoptive parents will know of upon adoption. 

Cost

Averagely, the expected cost to pay with Holt for an entire adoption process ranges between $20,000-$35,000, including travel, document preparation, home study, and more.

Office/s and Scope

Holt works in all 50 states with branch offices in California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Oregon, and Washington. Holt International headquarters is located in Eugene, Oregon. 

Partner Countries

Prospective adoptive families can choose to adopt from these nine countries where Holt has adoption programs in China, Korea, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Philippines.

Website: https://www.holtinternational.org/adoption

All God’s Children International

All God’s Children International (AGCI) is a Christian Adoption Agency that has been in the field for over 27 years and has united 3,500 children with their forever homes, being dedicated to finding homes for eight million orphans living in institutions. AGCI makes sure that orphan care is elevated by collaborating with institutions and trained caregivers; hence, children that are up for adoption are receiving due care and supervision while waiting for families that would adopt them.

Office/s and Scope

AGCI headquarter is located in Washington. They have offices in Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas. However, they do work with families outside the mentioned states with cooperating home study.

Partner Countries

AGCI has international adoption programs in Bulgaria, Colombia, Burundi, Haiti, China, and the Philippines.

Website: https://allgodschildren.org/international-adoption/

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services started helping a single child find a permanent home 75 years ago until it reached 140 million kids in the present. They are also over 35 years aiding families through the international adoption process, providing a team of experts to train and support applicants in navigating through. As their priority is the children, being a Christian agency as well, the applicant must be prepared to sign a statement of faith if they intend to work with Bethany Christian Services.

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About the children

Bethany Christian Services include children who have minor to moderate needs such as malnutrition, physical disabilities, and emotional abuse or trauma on the listing for adoptive families.

Office/s and Scope

Bethany Christian Services is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. However, these are the places or cities and states they work in:

  • Mobile, ALABAMA
  • Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas, ARKANSAS
  • Camarillo, Fresno, La Mirada, Modesto, Riverside, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay Area, CALIFORNIA
  • Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Idaho Springs, COLORADO
  • Delaware, DELAWARE
  • Washington DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
  • Central Florida, South Florida, Tallahassee, Tampa, and The Gulf Coast, FLORIDA
  • Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Morrow, Rome, and Savanna, GEORGIA
  • Chicago and Southern Illinois, ILLINOIS
  • Bluffton, Gary, and Indianapolis, INDIANA
  • Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Orange City, and Pella, IOWA
  • Kentucky, KENTUCKY
  • Crofton, MARYLAND
  • Uxbridge, MASSACHUSETTS
  • Allegan, Benton Harbor, Cadillac, Detroit, East Lansing, Flint, Fremont, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Paw Paw, Southeast Michigan, Southwest Michigan, and Traverse City, MICHIGAN
  • Plymouth and Willmar, MINNESOTA
  • Jefferson City, Kansas City, and St. Louis, MISSOURI
  • Omaha, NEBRASKA
  • Candia, NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • Fair Lawn and South Jersey, NEW JERSEY
  • Albany and Rochester, NEW YORK
  • Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA
  • Columbus, OHIO
  • Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Meadville, Philadelphia, Reading, State College, Western Pennsylvania, and York, PENNSYLVANIA
  • Cumberland, RHODE ISLAND
  • Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, SOUTH CAROLINA
  • Eastern South Dakota, Gillette, and Rapid City, SOUTH DAKOTA
  • Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville, TENNESSEE
  • Vermont, VERMONT
  • Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Virginia Beach, VIRGINIA
  • Bellingham, and Kent, WASHINGTON
  •  Martinsburg, WEST VIRGINIA
  • Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Waukesha, WISCONSIN
  • Cheyenne, WYOMING

Partner Countries

Bethany Christian Services has international adoption programs in these countries: Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, India, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Ukraine, Uganda, and Zambia.

Website: https://bethany.org/

Spence-Chapin

Spence-Chapin has been facilitating international adoption for over 40 years and has connected more than 4,000 children to homes they are going to live in forever. What is unique about this agency is that they work with all types of families including married or unmarried couples, LGBTQ parents, single men and women, families with children already at home, couples that are transitioning out of fertility treatments, prospective parents or families of all ages, income levels, ethnicity, and religions.

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Office/s and Scope

Spence-Chapin has a main office in New York, New York, and has offices that offer home study services in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Partner Countries

Spence-Chapin’s International programs are present in Bulgaria, Colombia, and South Africa.

 Website: https://www.spence-chapin.org/

Hopscotch Adoptions, Inc.

Hopscotch Adoptions Inc. is a nonprofit agency composed of professional and child advocates, which is dedicated to orphan relief and placement of children to adoptive homes. Most of the members are adoptive parents, as well. In their international adoption program, they help prepare prospective adoptive families for the adoption and provide due aid to the children who are in orphanages. They also accommodate all types of family applicants.

Office/s and Scope

Hopscotch Adoptions operates in their office in Highpoint, North Carolina, with extended services for families outside the state.

Partner Countries

The agency offers international adoption programs in Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ghana, Guyana, Morocco, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Website: https://hopscotchadoptions.org/

Nightlight Christian Adoptions

This is an adoption agency that has been over 50 years in service since 1959, pioneering the first embryo adoption program, and assisted over 2,000 domestic adoptions and 1,700 international adoptions. Nightlight Christian Adoptions has a Special Baby Care Program that enables families to temporarily care for the children who are waiting to be placed on adoption that makes sure that children are properly cared for prior to the adoption. The agency also makes it a point that the children are being sent to Christian homes, being a Christian agency, and with the belief that a Christian family is a successful family.

Office/s and Scope

The agency is licensed under the California State Department of Social Services. They extend their services, including home study to families within California, Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Georgia, and South Carolina. However, for those families that wish to apply in this agency but are outside the mentioned states, Nightlight Christian Adoptions can provide a list of agencies available within the applicants’ local area or in close proximity.

Partner Countries

NCA offers direct international programs in the countries of Bulgaria, China, Haiti, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Nicaragua, Panama, Romania, Taiwan, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.

Website: https://nightlight.org/

Open Door International Adoptions

This agency is primarily dedicated to placing orphaned children into loving, Christian families. They have already helped more than 800 children come home from overseas to their forever families during their years of being in service. Moreover, the agency has a website that has features for viewing families waiting for children they can adopt, children waiting for families who will adopt them, financial consultation with an expert feature, and more. Mainly based in Georgia, this smaller agency provides a personal and hands-on approach to family applicants who are to navigate the international adoption and parenting maze.

Office/s and Scope

Open Door International Adoptions serves the entire state of Georgia with their offices in Albany, North Atlanta, South Atlanta, East Atlanta, West Atlanta, Rome, Augusta, Savannah, Columbus, Thomasville, Macon, and Valdosta.

Partner Countries

These are the countries that Open Door International Adoptions partner with to accommodate international adoption applications from the US: Bulgaria, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, and Poland.

Website: http://www.opendooradoption.org/

Children of All Nations

Children of All Nations (CAN) is a non-profit organization that has operated for more than 20 years, assisting adoptions in helping place orphaned and/or abandoned children to their adoptive family homes. They have already placed 9,000 children with adoptive families since 1996. Moreover, they have been in operation, initiating charity for the purpose of child welfare, and worked with families with services that aim to exceed the adoptive families’ expectations and the Hague international adoption requirements. Their website offers a photo listing of children waiting for homes and charity movements that aim to aid childcare for adopted children. CAN also offers special services to singles who wish to be future adoptive parents.

Office/s and Scope

CAN is mainly headquartered in Austin, Texas, but serves families outside the state and even offers home study services and training for families within Texas and Florida.

Partner Countries

CAN’s international adoption programs are offered in the countries of China, Latvia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

Website: http://childrenofallnations.com/

Wasatch International Adoption

This nonprofit agency has been licensed to assist domestic and international adoptions since 1997. They have already helped thousands of children to be with adoptive families across the United States and with US families who are living abroad. What is different about Wasatch International Adoption (WIA) is that they also offer a “Second Chance for Children Program,” which is aimed at assisting families in crisis who are considering dissolving an adoption to find a new home for the child they have adopted. Their website has a photo gallery that features children they helped place into families and those that are still waiting to be connected to adoptive homes.

Best International Adoption Agencies

Office/s and Scope

WIA operates from its main office in the State of Utah. They accommodate family applicants across various states in the US.

Partner Countries

WIA offers international adoption programs in the countries of Bulgaria, Haiti, Tonga, and China. Many children with special needs in China are up for adoption listing as many families in the country opt to abandon this type of children, those that have physical disabilities and other several minor or correctable to more profound needs.

Website: https://wiaa.org/

A Love Beyond Borders Inc.

A Love Beyond Borders Inc. (ALBB) is an agency that provides services to families that wish for international adoption, kinship, step-parent or second-parent adoption, domestic adoption, and more. These services are offered to US citizens living within the US or abroad. They have already been offering these services for over ten years.

Office/s and Scope

ALBB office is located in Denver, Colorado. They provide domestic and international adoption services to families living in the US or to US citizen families who are living in some foreign countries.

Partner Countries

Currently, ALBB offers international adoption via its direct programs in the countries of Armenia, Bulgaria, Colombia, and Haiti. Since being accredited by the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, they no longer offered options in the non-Hague-accredited countries of Ukraine, Uganda, and Taiwan.

Website: http://www.bbinternationaladoption.com/

RELATED QUESTIONS

Does the agency bring the child to the parents?

No. The primary duty of the agencies is to assist and facilitate the family applicants with the adoption application, prepare documents and personal dossier, facilitate the home study or coordinate the applicants with close home study agencies, help in the in-country legal processes, and provide pre-adoption orphanage or foster care and health care services to the child. Usually, adoptive parents are required to travel to the country where they are going to adopt from whether it is once or twice, depending on the country’s policy. Most of the countries require the first trip to allow the parents to see in person the child that is referred to them or to attend court proceedings, and the second trip for the visa processing of the child and for the adoptive parents to bring the child back to the US.

Is dissolving an adoption possible?

Yes. Families that have adopted a child may experience struggles in the long run. This happens to everyone, but there are families that will opt to accommodate the child’s needs, which they think they will not be able to provide anymore. Primarily, families that may want to dissolve their adoption are advised with parenting strategies and lifestyle changes with the hope that dissolving the adoption may not be necessary. Otherwise, the child is going to be placed to another home that is well-screened, well-educated about issues relating to adoption, open to a child that may have certain challenges or needs, and are more fitting to accommodate these needs. It will not be easy to find families that are willing to accept children of disrupted adoptions, though, since there is an assumption that taking such measures is going to be a risk to the adoptive parents’ part.

Eni Gordove

is a freelance writer who has a degree in Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science. She has also taken Bachelor of Laws, making her adept in domestic and international adoption regulations and processes.

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