How to Adopt Internationally

You may have already selected the country from which you want to adopt, and the international adoption agency that will facilitate your adoption. Or you may just be exploring international adoption as a way to build your family.


Adoption Connection is committed to supporting, educating, and advocating for families as they complete the process of an international adoption and successfully have a child placed in their home. Wherever you are in the process for adopting a child internationally, Adoption Connection will provide guidance and assistance with the following steps:

  1. Call Adoption Connection at 513-489-1616 or 1-866-489-1616. We will mail you information on our agency, application process, fees and adoption policies.

  2. Attend a free orientation meeting at the agency. At the meeting you will have the opportunity to hear about Adoption Connection, meet our staff of social workers, and receive an application. We will provide you with information on available countries, international agencies and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

  3. Begin the Homestudy process. When we have received your completed application and you have signed an Adoptive Parent Agreement, you will begin the homestudy process. The homestudy is comprised of documentation, education and interviews.

  4. Coordinate with your international adoption agency.  After your homestudy has been approved, we will provide you with the necessary notarized copies. We will also coordinate the next steps in your international adoption with you and your international agency, and assist you with information on how to complete your file with USCIS.

  5. You have been matched with a child!  When you receive a referral of a specific child, Adoption Connection will assist you in locating appropriate community resources as you make a decision regarding the suitability of this child referral for your family. Your international adoption agency will arrange your travel and legal requirements to welcome your child into your family.

  6. Required Post-placement supervision services. After your child is placed in your home, Adoption Connection will provide post-placement supervision services as specified by the international agency, placing country, and Ohio requirements. A social worker will meet with you to discuss your adjustment to parenting, assess the development of your child and prepare reports for your international agency, country and ICPC.  If you are required to finalize your adoption in an Ohio probate court, Adoption Connection will complete the assessment and prepare the necessary reports required for finalization.

  7. Contact Adoption Connection in Cincinnati for support and resources as needed.