International Adoption Process: Step-by-Step

The Basics of How to Adopt

Actually, international adoption is a complicated process but that is where a good adoption agency comes in. Within each of the 5 steps below are many important aspects that can make or break an adoption experience. From the moment your application is accepted, America World begins working with families to assure everything is done according to the strict processes of each government entity and that all of the "i's" are dotted, and "t's" are crossed. You want an adoption process that is smooth as possible, and so do we. Although there are always unexpected 'bumps' in the road to adoption, America World is there to quickly and carefully assess any issues and resolve them.

While it is a complicated process, the 5 major stages below help families to see the big picture of international adoption. Family Coordinators will provide a checklist for each step in the stages below, check and re-check everything, and make the process as painless as possible. They are there to help and encourage families from application to post-adoption.

Be sure to read through the "5 Steps of International Adoption" below and then visit our Program Pages to determine what adoptive country is right for you and your family.

5 Steps of International Adoption:

  1. Application / Pre-Application
  2. The "Paper Pregnancy" (Paperwork)
  3. Waiting Stage
  4. Referral
  5. Travel

Questions? Contact us at or 800-429-3369. America World will provide the home study in 20 states and will work with you in selecting a home study provider in states where we do not have a home study office. Visit our Affiliate Offices page to find out more information about the home study process.

Ready to APPLY or fill out a PRE-APPLICATION? You can do so on our website and our Intake team will follow up with you soon after.

5 Steps of International Adoption

Visit our Financing Adoption page to learn more about ways to lessen your adoption costs, our References page to contact America World families who would love to answer your personal questions, our Videos and Stories pages, or Contact Us with questions!