Please call, fax, or e-mail us!  We will happily discuss your situation and help you determine the best course of action for you and your family.

For families who reside within our licensed jurisdictions, AHO can provide the home study assessment for you.  Families living outside of  our licensed areas, will want to contact a licensed international adoption agency in your home state.

At the same time, you will need to begin the immigration process.  You may call the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services forms line (800) 870-3676 and request forms: I-600A, I-600 & I-864.  File the I-600A with your local USCIS office to initiate the process.  You will file the other forms at a later date.You may also download them from their website:

Even if you have not yet decided on a particular agency or country, you may want to begin the home study and immigration process.

International Adoption - Time Frame

Each adoption represents a child’s life, a life with its own unique situation.  We must keep in mind that some tragic event has taken place in this child’s life that created the need for an adoptive family.  Just as the circumstances vary, so will the adoption process.  No two adoptions are the same; therefore we can only give an average time frame.

Most families will receive a referral within 4 to 8 months from the submission and approval of their paperwork.  The international process typically takes approximately 9 months.

International Adoption - Travel

Several of the countries that we work with may require one, or both parents to travel.  AHO has people that will meet you at the airport and hold your hand the entire time you are abroad.  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to lean to appreciate your child’s motherland.