How to Get Started

Adoption can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help! AGCI is committed to being with you every step of the way on your journey to adopt a child. Below you’ll find the initial first steps for beginning your US adoption journey!

1. Submit a Free Preliminary Adoption Application

AGCI adoption staff will review this application to determine your family’s eligibility for specific adoption options. A pre-app allows our inquiry team to provide direction on the adoption options that would best fit your family.

2. One-On-One Consult with Our Adoption Team

Upon receipt of your pre-app, a member of our adoption team will reach out to you within one business day to discuss the adoption programs that might be the best fit for your family.

3. Apply—Submit your Adoption Application!

Prospective adoptive parents must complete the formal application and submit a $350 non-refundable adoption application fee. Upon application approval, you have officially begun your adoption journey!

4. Turn in Orientation Packet

Next, you will receive an adoption orientation packet that includes the adoption service agreement and a specific service plan for your family. Your Adoption Program Case Manager will schedule an orientation call to cover the documents contained in the orientation packet. Once you’ve completed all documents, you will submit the documents to AGCI with the required fees.

5. Begin your Home Study and Complete Paperwork

AGCI is licensed to perform adoption home studies in seven states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Our AGCI team will be in contact to begin your home study and walk you through each step of the adoption process.

6. Wait to be matched with your adopted child!

This is the best and often the hardest part of the adoption process. Please know that we are here for you every step of the way! We are so grateful for the opportunity to walk this amazing journey with you!

Our Inquiry team and Adoption Specialists are always happy to provide additional information about AGCI’s adoption programs. Available information includes the number of children eligible for adoption who are currently waiting for a placement referral; the number of applicants we receive each year; the number of adoption placements we have made; the number and percentage of those placements that have been disrupted or dissolved. We seek to be fully transparent about the adoption process, so you can make a well-informed choice of the right agency to partner with you to successfully complete your adoption journey.

“The #1 one thing for us was working with our AGCI Case Manager. She’s amazing. Her heart for these kids is just obvious and you can tell how hard she works to not just find a family, but the right family. The support has been amazing throughout the process. The follow-up calls are wonderful, everyone is so excited to get updates. You can tell that it’s all child-centered.” 

–Shannon Jenson, AGCI Adoptive Mom