International Adoption


Welcome to the international adoption news page. We hope to keep this page updated with the latest articles from our writers and others concerning international events surrounding adoption. Check it out! 

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12 Steps to Adopt Internationally | July 22, 2020 

Thinking about Adopting 

Considering adopting a child can already seem intimidating and complex. Thinking about adopting internationally adds a whole new element to the equation. While the process may seem long and grueling, DELIVER and Hand in Hand want to make this process as easy and special as it is meant to be. Hand in Hand International Adoptions has put together 12 simple steps to explain the International adoption process from beginning to end. Visit to learn more.  

1) Research

Learn what to expect. Read about international adoptions, compare country requirements and fees and choose the agency that is right for you! 

2) Meet Your Caseworker 

Meet your Hand in Hand caseworker - the person who will help you navigate your adoption journey and answer all of your questions and concerns.

3) Application 

Complete and send your application, disclosure statement, fee agreement, 1040 tax return, family photo and application fee to your Caseworker.

4) Review Process 

Your application packet is reviewed, processed, and approved by Hand in Hand. You will then receive a letter welcoming you to the Hand in Hand family.

5) Home Study 

Complete your international home study through Hand in Hand or an approved local agency. You will also receive adoptive parent training at this stage.

6) Complete and File I-800A 

We will help you file your I-800A application, the first immigration paperwork for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

7) Compile and File Dossier 

Work with your caseworker to complete a dossier of all necessary documentation for the foreign country. Once complete, all documents will be translated into the adoptive country's language.

8) Review and Match 

Documents are reviewed by the adop-

tive country. Once approved, the wait

begins! Parents wait to be presented

with a prospective child match and

once presented, accept or decline the

proposed match.

9) File I-800

The second step in the immigration

prcoess for USCIS. This is a petition to

classify your child as an immediate

relative and requests immigration pre-

approval for the child(ren).

10) Prepare 

Now that you have been matched with your child, prepare your home and life for the child's arrival. Continue educating yourselves about your child and his/her country of origin. Work with your caseworker to prepare for travel.

11) Travel 

Travel to adoptive country to meet and pick up your child(ren). Some countries require two trips, while others simply require one. Depending on the country, you will spend 7-45 days immersing yourself in your child's native culture while getting to know your child(ren).

12) Post-Adoption

Return home with your child(ren)! Settle in as a family. Schedule required post-adoption visits with your social worker. We will talk through your family’s adjustment, child’s needs, health, development, resources needed, etc…

DELIVER and Hand in Hand 

At DELIVER, we work with various different organizations in order to help rescue more children at risk. One organization with whom DELIVER enjoys a good relationship is Hand in Hand International Adoptions. If you want to learn more about your options to internationally adopt, please email Bonnie at:

International Adoption

Hand in Hand Office in Utah

July 21, 2020 










What this Means for Utah 

We are super excited to announce that Hand in Hand International Adoptions is now licensed in Utah!  Utah families who would like to adopt internationally now have a local agency to help them walk “hand in hand” through the process.  These families would be working directly with Bonnie Hilton, a licensed clinical social worker and an adoptive mother of five who has adopted internationally herself.  She would do your home study and help you prepare your dossier.  She would also do your post placement visits and provide support to you after your adoption.   

Hand in Hand International is headquartered in Peyton, Colorado, is Hague accredited, and has been doing adoptions for over 40 years in 22 different countries.  Over 9,600 children have been placed for adoption through Hand in Hand.   Hand in Hand is currently doing adoptions in the Philippines, Brazil, Bulgaria, Haiti, and China.  They will soon be opening Ukraine, Colombia, and Hong Kong.  The process varies from country to country so please visit the website for detailed information on each country.  


Even though the pandemic has reduced international travel, countries are working with adoptive families to be able to meet their adoptive child virtually.  Travel to your child’s country may require testing for Covid and quarantining, but it is still being done.  The children in these countries need strong and stable families more than ever!


Getting Started

International adoptions have decreased dramatically over the past 15 years for various reasons but the trend is changing.  Every child truly deserves a forever family.  Become a forever family for a child by considering adopting internationally.  Please contact Bonnie Hilton at for more information. She would love to help you and answer your questions.  Thanks! 

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U.S. International Adoption Crisis 

Tate Wright | May 18, 2020 


The Problem 

More children are being left behind each year as the numbers of children adopted internationally continue to drop. According to the U.S. Department of State Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions, families in the United States adopted just 2,971 children through intercountry adoption between October 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019. "This is a decline of 26% from the previous year and an 87% decline since 2004. The number of children finding permanent families through intercountry adoptions to the U.S. is now at the lowest point in 50 years" (NFCA, National Council for Adoption).

Whats The Cause?

A commonly held perspective among 

Americans is that international adoption

is just too expensive for them. And

they're right. Many people would like to

help, but simply don't have the money. 

So, why is it so expensive? There are a

few reasons, but they all surround one 

fact: government policies don't

convenience international adoption.

Increase in Fees

In February of 2018, The Department of State established massive fee increases concerning agencies ability to obtain and maintain accreditation from the federal government. This accreditation gives agencies the ability to perform international adoptions. This fee almost doubled the previous cost of accreditation in the U.S. This means that less agencies are able to perform international adoptions and those that can will have increased fees for prospective parents and families that want to adopt children in need. This not only puts many agencies out of business and leaves their employees without work, but more importantly leaves thousands of children without a home or stable environment. 

Ban on "Soft-Referrals"

In late 2018, The Department of State banned Adoption Service Providers from offering "soft-referrals" to prospective families until family studies are concluded by the state and children are deemed officially available for adoption by the local government, often times requiring many months. Soft-referrals include any information, including pictures, of any prospective children that the family could potentially adopt. In many international situations, the pictures and stories of children in need is what causes prospective families to desire to adopt in the first place. Without this ability to receive soft-referrals, the number of children adopted, especially those with special needs, has decreased dramatically leaving more children without access to the help they need. 

The Future 

If these policies are changed, it is estimated that by 2030 international adoption will save 81,250 orphans from sex trafficking, 32,500 orphans from suicide, and 130,000 orphans from becoming homeless. If not changed, it is estimated that these policies will completely terminate international adoption in the United States by 2022. At DELIVEЯ , we want to ensure that every child has the best chance at a happy and fulfilling life. With your help, we can perform more international adoptions and push government and state leaders to change these policies. Join us by making a donation, joining our team, or learning more about the options for your family to adopt internationally. 


DELIVEЯ and Hand in Hand International Adoptions

Tate Wright | May 26, 2020 

The Focus 

One of the largest focuses of DELIVEЯ is international adoption. In the heat of an international crisis around the topic of adoption, DELIVEЯ enjoys a good relationship with Hand in Hand International Adoptions. With the help of Hand in Hand, we can make sure that people, like you, that want to help are able to contribute in the rescuing of children at risk. 

Hand in Hand 

Hand in Hand International Adoptions has been offering child welfare services around the globe since 1974. Their mission is to "provide the necessary foundations for orphaned children to develop to their fullest potential" ( With offices in Colorado, Florida, and Indiana Hand in Hand is able to serve families that want to adopt around the country. They are accredited to perform international adoptions in 5 different countries including Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Haiti, and the Philippines. 










How to Get Started 

If you or someone you know is interested in rescuing a child through international adoption please contact us so we can get started on the process. You can also visit: for more information. There are millions of children that are ready to be adopted right now, but are simply waiting for a strong and willing family. If you can't adopt, but want to help donate to our international adoption projects, please do that below. Thank you! 




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