TFI Family Services, Inc. offers foster services to place children legally available for adoption in nurturing and loving homes.
Every child deserves a family to provide them with love, protection, and support. Through no fault of their own, children of all ages, including teens and sibling groups, are waiting for permanent homes and a forever family. Adopting a child is a life-changing experience and the first step is having an open heart and home.
Adoption is a process and a successful adoption is a collaborative effort between all the significant individuals involved in the child’s life, which includes social services, the legal community and in some cases, the child’s natural family.
Steps to take to become an adoptive family –
- Complete a Foster Care Application.
- Take the state required PS-MAPP Training (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting).
- Pass criminal background checks.
- Participate in specialized assessment/home study of the family in order to match the family with a child they are best suited to parent.
- At this point, a family may choose to become a licensed Foster Care home to ‘foster to adopt’, although not a requirement.
When a family is selected to become a child’s adoptive parents, TFI provides the family a full array of services which include-
- Pertinent and extensive information about the child’s history
- Preparation to meet the child
- On-going visitation until the child is placed in the home
- Planning the transition of the child into the home
- Support through the legalization of the adoption
- Continued support for the family and child in the year following the legal finalization of the adoption
As we look toward the future, TFI continues to grow and diversify its programs and services. Our adoption program is no different and will continue to grow as we strive to provide what is needed so that families and children can look forward to brighter tomorrows.
To contact us for more information, please call 800-279-9914 or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping Make Adoption an Option
As part of ongoing efforts to improve the lives of children and families, TFI Family Services, Inc. recognizes the need for flexibility of options in building forever families. Thus, TFI is now offering Hague- and COA-accredited international adoptions.
TFI Family Services has been working to strengthen families since 1965 and recognizes children all over the world are waiting for a forever family. TFI is excited to provide a service that helps take love across borders to build families.
TFI’s experienced staff is dedicated to being with adoptive parents through every step of the process. As questions arise during the adoption process, staff can provide articles, trainings, tips on financing and other resources to answer questions.
Adoption is a very special time for families, and TFI appreciates the opportunity to assist families in the remarkable journey of international adoption. Please explore our website further for information on eligibility requirements, the general adoption process and our collaborative organization.
Public Comment Opportunity
The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting body approved by the United States Department of State to conduct Hague accreditation and approval reviews, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague accreditation or approval or renewal of Hague accreditation or approval. You may provide comment by clicking here.
To request additional information about the process or regarding the number of adoption placements (including placements that have been maintained, disrupted or dissolved), the number of parents who have applied to adopt annually and the number of children eligible for adoption/awaiting adoptive placements (for the past three years), please contact TFI at 877-942-2239 or email@example.com.
Each country, including the U.S. has individual requirements for adoptive parent eligibility.
Basic eligibility includes:
- At least one applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.
- If the applicant is unmarried, he or she must be at least 25 years of age.
- If the applicant is married, he or she must jointly adopt the child (even if the couple is separated but not divorced), and the spouse must also be either a U.S. citizen or in legal status in the United States.
- The applicant(s) must meet certain requirements that will determine their suitability as prospective adoptive parent(s), including criminal background checks, fingerprinting and a home study.
TFI will assist each family throughout the selection process for eligibility verification for both general and country specific requirements.
The cost of international adoption services provided by TFI Family Services, Inc.
Home Study Fees:
Home Study $1,800
Home Study Update (TFI) $450
Home Study Update (non-TFI) $950
Addendum (visit required) $250
Addendum (no visit) $150
Home Study Review $100
Other services also available.
The General Adoption Process
Our professional staff will provide adoptive parents with information, counseling, and support through every step of the international adoption process.
Step 1: Application
During the application/screening process, we work with you to ensure you meet the basic US and international adoption requirements for eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, we work with you to help determine the country which is the best fit.
Step 2: Home Study and Training
During the home study process, we hold a series of meetings for a full assessment in order to match prospective you with a child who is the best match for your family. We will also work with you to choose a country program and complete the proper paperwork for that country.
You will also complete required trainings to prepare you for the international adoption process and to be an adoptive parent.
Step 3: Dossier Authentication
We work with you to complete all required forms and submit the proper information to TFI’s referral source in your chosen country program.
Step 4: Child Referral
Officials in your chosen country program will review your information to refer a child best suited to your needs and abilities as parent(s). If referred a child, you will receive information about him or her, including medical and social history.We will work with you to review the child’s information and accept the match.
Step 5: Travel
Upon acceptance of a match, you will travel to the country to meet the child and complete the steps for child placement or adoption in that country. TFI will work with you and foreign providers to offer support every step of the way.
Step 6: Post Placement/Post-Adoption
Each country’s program has different requirements for the frequency or duration of post-placement/post-adoption services. TFI staff will provide those services after you return home with your child. Additional services will also be available to assist with any adjustment difficulties or concerns you may have.
During this time, TFI will also assist with finalization of the adoption in the U.S. and naturalization or citizenship requirements.
TFI Family Services, Inc. and Children’s Hope International* have come together to make the international adoption process user-friendly. TFI will perform the home study and help prospective adoptive parent(s) meet qualifications according to the guidelines required by immigration services and the specific country. Children’s Hope International is the child placing agency that interacts directly with the country program to identify and place a child with qualified adoptive parent(s). Both organizations work together to facilitate the various parts and stages of an international adoption as described above.
Once prospective parent(s) have contacted TFI about international adoptions either by calling 877-942-2239 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, TFI will send out an application. Once the application is returned to the address given, it will be reviewed. This process typically takes five to seven days.
Once the application is approved, TFI will guide parent(s) in completing their:
- Home Study
- US Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) approval
- Necessary international dossier (paperwork)
- Any required trainings
TFI then sends the dossier to Children’s Hope International to coordinate parent(s) with the country’s government and travel arrangements.
International adoption processes and time frames can be unpredictable, but TFI will be there for prospective parent(s) every step of the way – from application to post-adoption support.
*Children’s Hope International is a licensed non-profit adoption agency that is Hague-accredited through the Council on Accreditation. Learn more at www.childrenshopeint.org
Adoption Services FAQ
Who Becomes an Adoptive Family?
Adults who want to open their hearts and homes to children by making a lifetime commitment. There are no barriers as to family composition to become an adoptive family. An adoptive family can be a two parent or one parent home in which the parent(s) are 21 or older.
Requirements to become an adoptive parent?
Every person living in the home 16 and older must pass criminal background checks, as well as personal reference checks. The family must successfully complete the PS-MAPP Training and a detailed family assessment. The house must provide an adequate and safe space for the children.
Who are the children needing adoption?
Children who need adoptive homes come in all ages, races and with varying degrees of special needs. The greatest need for adoptive families are those who want to care for children over eight years old and for sibling groups.
What if I know a child who needs to be adopted?
Sometimes through community involvement, such as school, church, scouting, sports, families develop a relationship with a child who is available for adoption. In this situation the family needs to contact TFI to express their interest in the particular child. Families who know the child go through the same approval process as families who do not know the child.
I have a relative who needs adopted, am I eligible?
Keeping children connected to their family is a priority with TFI Family Services, Inc.. Family members are highly encouraged to express their interest in adopting by contacting the child’s case manager.