Envisioning a World Where Every Child has a Loving Family
Are you called to be the answer to one of millions who live without the hope of being loved by a family? Bethany can partner with you to address the global orphan crisis. You bring your passion for orphans and we'll bring our agency's expertise, integrity and high quality of service to aid in the adoption process.
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Waiting is certainly difficult, especially if what you’re waiting for is a family. These waiting children have experienced things like being abandoned, living in an orphanage, malnutrition, and more. Many of these children are older; have grown up in an orphanage; have emotional, cognitive, or physical special needs; or need to be adopted with their siblings.
Many of these children will be given the chance to thrive if they are adopted into your loving family. Can you find a place in your heart to love one of these children?
International Adoption Fee Calculator
Cost may be at the top of your mind when deciding whether adoption is right for your family. And while costs vary by state, you may find that the bottom line is less than you think. This is especially the case when you consider the adoption tax credit, employer benefits and other sources of aid. You will receive full adoption fee information when you contact your local Bethany office and attend an informational meeting.
As of February 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of State notified adoption service providers about substantial fee increases associated with obtaining and maintaining accreditation by the federal government, which is required to provide intercountry adoption services. In addition to the increased fee for adoption service providers, adoptive families would also see an extra cost, potentially deterring loving families from welcoming vulnerable children into their homes.
Bethany’s primary commitment is, and always will be, the safety and well-being of children here in the United States and around the world; thus we are committed to complying fully with the Hague Convention and ensuring that adoption practices protect the rights of children and both birth and adoptive families. To that end, we understand the concerns of the Department of State regarding failures of the monitoring and oversight procedures currently in place. Understanding the reasons does not negate our concern that the additional fee to be passed through to prospective adoptive families will have a negative effect on the families stepping forward to meet the needs of children who are waiting for a forever family. We are hopeful that there can be a delay in implementation to allow for greater dialogue with stakeholders. This delay will offer time to explore other options for providing monitoring and oversight to extend critical protection to vulnerable children around the world and to lessen this burden on prospective adoptive families.
While IAAME, the new accrediting entity, will begin collecting fees on new applicants for intercountry adoption as of February 15, 2018, our hope is that families and individuals across the country can come together to support families in their efforts to provide permanence for children in need. Providing and supporting families for children is at the core of our heart and our mission, and we encourage those who have interest to contact your local representative to advocate for further dialogue and a better solution for waiting children around the world.
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International Adoption - Family Stories
The practice of international adoption is regulated by The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Hague provides guidelines to agencies in order to protect the best interests of internationally adopted children.
Bethany is accredited by the U.S. Department of State’s Council on Accreditation for all of the specific services we provide including compliance with the Hague Convention requirements. We work hard to ensure that high ethical standards are upheld in each and every adoption facilitated by Bethany.