How do I start the adoption process?

  • Step 1: Submit a preliminary application

    The typical first step in beginning an adoption process is to fill out a preliminary application. Due to differing country criteria, AGCI staff will review the application to determine whether a family is eligible for the interested international adoption program or programs. Each country has its own set of eligibility requirements, so with a preliminary application our inquiry staff can provide direction on the adoption programs that would best fit your family. After this step is completed, you’ll also be able to view photos of orphans needing families and learn more about waiting children in our international adoption programs.

  • Step 2: Receive/complete a formal application

    Prospective adoptive parents must complete the formal application and submit a $300 non-refundable adoption application fee. Supporting documents are often requested to complete a formal application. Applications are valid for 90 days. Upon application approval, AGCI will send parents their adoption program orientation packet.

  • Step 3: Complete orientation process

    Enclosed in your adoption program orientation packet will be an adoption service agreement, a program orientation packet, and a specific service plan for your family. Your inquiry coordinator will schedule an orientation call to discuss our adoption services. This call will cover the documents contained in the orientation packet as well as address any of your questions about the adoption process. Once you’ve completed and notarized all documents, you will mail the documents to AGCI with the required fees.

  • Step 4: Select a home study agency

    AGCI is licensed to perform home studies in five states – Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky. Adoptive parents who live outside these states will choose a home study agency from AGCI’s cooperating adoption agency list. AGCI will provide the home study guidelines to the cooperating agency.

  • Step 5: Receive client portal access

    Once we receive the adoption service agreement and the initial fees, AGCI will process all the signed and notarized documents and provide access to our online client portal. This portal will include pre-adoption information along with instructions on how to begin your dossier (if applicable) and other essential information.


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