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Adoption Process

We deal with a variety of adoption types, and the process for each is a bit different. Click on the type that interests you to learn more about the application, assessment, and placement process:

To more easily compare the various types of adoption, download this chart.

ND INFANT

Application: Payment of fee and completion of application. Waiting list is approximately 1 year.
Assessment Packet: The assessment packet will be sent to you as you reach the top of the list.
Adoption Preparation and Training Workshop: Payment of workshop fee. Attend two-day workshop with other prospective adoptive parents. Training is offered quarterly.
Assessment Process: Payment of assessment fee. Submit paperwork to social worker. Complete Taylor-Johnson and AAPI. Interviews with social worker (including at least one home visit and two to four additional visits as needed).
Selection Profile: Prepare profile and birth parent letter to be placed in selection book and website. Profile is shown to birth families making an adoption plan. The average wait time from assessment to placement is 1 to 2 years.
Referral of Child: You will receive all known non-identifying information to consider a specific opportunity.
Placement of Child: A formal placement occurs upon birth parent's legal relinquishment and termination of parental rights. (The length of time varies dependent on situation.) Make legal risk first then formal placement. A legal risk placement is often made from the hospital pending the legal process with birth parents. 
Post-Placement Support and Supervision: 6 months required by state of North Dakota before legal finalization can occur. 

IDENTIFIED

Application: Payment of fee and completion of application.
Assessment packet: The assessment packet will be mailed directly to you.
Adoption Preparation and Training Workshop: Generally the timing of Identified adoption does not permit attendance. Should your desire to participate on the next available training, we can make arrangements.
Assessment Process: Payment of assessment fee. Submit paperwork to social worker. Complete Taylor-Johnson & AAPI. Interviews with social worker (including at least one home visit and two to four additional visits as needed.)
Birth Family: Relationship building with your identified birth family occurs on an ongoing basis. Future relationship and openness agreements are reviewed. You will meet with your attorney to initiate legal process.
Referral of Child: You will be involved in and receive all information from the hospital, regarding the child’s birth and birth family’s social/medical history, provided in accordance with the ND Identified Adoptive Parent Law.
Placement of Child: Placement occurs with a legal Temporary Custody Order. It becomes a formal adoptive placement upon birth parent's legal relinquishment and termination of parental rights.
Post-Placement Support and Supervision: 6 months required by state of North Dakota before legal finalization can occur. 

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INTERSTATE

Application: Payment of fee and completion of application.
Assessment packet: The assessment packet will be mailed directly to you.
Adoption Preparation and Training Workshop: Payment of workshop fee. Attend two-day workshop with other prospective adoptive parents. Training is offered quarterly.
Assessment Process: Payment of assessment fee. Submit paperwork to social worker. Complete Taylor-Johnson & AAPI. Interviews with social worker (including at least one home visit and two to four additional visits as needed).
Selection Profile: Prepare profile and birth parent letter to be sent to your networking agency. This will be shown to their birth families. The average waiting time varies at each networking agency.
Referral of Child: Your networking agency will contact you to consider a specific adoption opportunity. You will travel to that state for placement. Returning home can happen once both states provide approval thru ICPC.
Placement of Child: A formal placement occurs upon birth parent’s legal relinquishment of parental rights. The length of time varies, dependent on state and situation. (ICPC) Interstate Compact process is required. Your networking agency and The Village/Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota will assist you in returning home as soon as both states approve.
Post-Placement Support and Supervision: 6 months required by state of North Dakota before legal finalization can occur. 

INTERNATIONAL

Application: Payment of fee and completion of application.
Assessment packet: The assessment packet will be mailed directly to you.
Adoption Preparation: Training is offered online and needs to be Hague accredited. Your networking agency will have more info for you.
Assessment Process: Payment of assessment fee. Submit paperwork to social worker. Complete Taylor-Johnson & AAPI. Interviews with social worker (including at least one home visit and two to four additional visits as needed).
United States Immigration and Citizenship Service (USICS): Begin during assessment process. Your networking agency and The Village/Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota will assist you in this process.
Referral of Child: You will be given all known information about the child. Once you accept the referral, you will travel to the country for adoptive placement. 
Placement of Child: If you travel to the country on an IR3 visa, placement will become formal in the country. Child becomes U.S. citizen upon return to U.S. If the child is escorted to the U.S or has an IR4 visa, placement day is arrival in USA, and upon finalization in the U.S. Citizenship becomes effective.
Post-Placement Support and Supervision: IR3 Visa-validation of final adoption and PP reports as required by country. IR4 Visa-6 month supervision and finalization.

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EMBRYO

Application: Payment of fee and completion of application.
Assessment packet: The assessment packet will be mailed directly to you.
Adoption Preparation and Training Workshop: Payment of workshop fee. Attend two-day workshop with other prospective adoptive parents. Training is offered quarterly.
Assessment Process: Payment of assessment fee. Submit paperwork to social worker. Complete Taylor-Johnson & AAPI. Interviews with social worker (including at least one home visit and two to four additional visits as needed.)
Embryo Selection: The embryo program will assist in the selection based on what is important to the donating families and adoptive families. 
Referral of Embryo: Once the match has been made the embryo will be transferred to the adoptive family through a legal contract and a medical procedure.
Placement of Child: At the time of birth, the adoptive couple is fully recognized as the legal parents to any children who are born. 
Post-Placement Support and Supervision: No supervision is required. 


To learn more about adoption or get started with the process, please contact one of our adoption staff members