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Re: Adoption agency for international adoption
Congratulations on considering adoption - it's a wonderful
thing! My husband and I are in the process of adopting from
Kazakhstan, but we were in your shoes just a few months ago -
trying to figure out what our options were, which agency to
We ended up choosing ACCEPT as our local agency
(www.acceptadoptions.org) and World Partners for the Kazakhstan
part (www.worldpartners.org). On both of their websites you can
learn more about adoption and information on various programs
and countries. So far we've been very happy with the services
provided. Another site to check out for information is Bay Area
Adoption Services (www.baas.org).
The local agency does the ''homestudy'' of you and your
household, which you will need regardless of what country you
decide to adopt from, and the other agency does the
facilitation in whatever country you've chosen. Sometimes the
local agencies also offer the intl part, in which case you'd
only use one agency.
Email me if you have any more questions. If you think that
Kazakhstan might be right for you, I can share lots of
Re: Adopting an Asian Child
We worked with ACCEPT (offices in San Francisco and Mountain
View). We had wonderful experiences meeting our daughters in
China. Everything went smoothly. There was no B.S. Absolutely
none. This was particularly helpful when there were questions
about changing rules and special needs issues. I'd heard of other
agencies which weren't so straightforward and ripped folks off.
I've also know folks who've worked with BAAS and have been very
happy with that experience.
I highly recommend ACCEPT. I am so thankful for all their
supportive help with building our family. I wish you luck and joy
in the adventure ahead of you.
Re: Agency for China adoption (Feb 2002)
I highly recommend the international adoption agency
Accept located in Los Altos, 650-917-8090. The China
facilitator they work with is incredible! Our entire
experience was a great one. We adopted our daughter
in 1998 and the wait was not very long, but I understand
the wait is longer for every agency now. There are
many good informational websites, especially:
http://tussah.com/lara/chinasto.htm (this is a great website as people tell their adoption
stories, including their experience with the paperwork
process and the wait
-- happy parents
Recommendations for International Adoption: In 1995 and 1998,
we had the privilege of working with ACCEPT--they're on the
Peninsula. We travelled with Norman Niu (their liasion in
Southern California) to Guangzhou, China and everything was
handled for us. I'd highly recommend this agency.
If you wish to adopt from China, I would recommend using ACCEPT (An
Adoption and Counseling Center) if only because they use U.S. Asian
Affairs who translated the paperwork and dealt directly with the China
part of the process. Norman Nui, of US Asian Affairs located in Monterey
Park, took a group of us to China and everything was very well organized.
He took care of everything efficiently and walked us through every part
of the process in China. ACCEPT now has an office in San Francisco with
their main office at 339 South San Antonio Road, Suite 1A, Los Altos,
CA, (415) 917-8090.
My daughter was 3.5 months old when we adopted her in 1995. Families
in our group adopting a second child in 1999 received daughters in the
6-8 months old range. I think the older children are a result of a lot
of changes in China's adoption procedures since 1995. Norman wants to
get the children out of the orphanages as soon as possible.
-- Jane (6/99)
We, too, used ACCEPT (650) 917-8090 to do the homestudies for our two
international adoptions. For our first adoption, they referred us to a
local placing agency. For our second adoption, we shopped around and chose
to work with a placing agency located in St. Louis, Missouri. ACCEPT
didn't care which placing agency we used. They were really supportive and
helpful. I agree with the suggestion that you try to decide what kind of
adoption you'd like to do, and then look for the agency that will work best
for you. If you don't get it right the first time, keep trying, because
each agency is different. We found some agencies to be too touch-feely for
our tastes (i.e. grieving the child you never conceived), too unorganized,
or suffering from a God-complex (i.e. we'll decide whether you're worthy or
not). We adopted two wonderful little boys from Russia with the help of the
staff at ACCEPT. I believe ACCEPT can also help with domestic adoptions.
I would definitely recommend that you at least check them out. -- Joyce (6/99)
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