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 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 programs that would best fit your family.
Step 2: Receive and complete a formal application
Prospective adoptive parents complete the formal application and submit a $300 non-refundable application fee. Often supporting documents are requested to complete a formal application. Applications are valid for 90 days. Upon application approval, AGCI will send parents their 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 your questions before officially starting as an adoptive parent through our agency. 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 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.