America World Adoption has recently received requests from families applying to transfer to our China Program who already have dossiers submitted with another agency. In these situations, the following policy/fee schedules will apply. Our agency would want to see in writing (via email, fax or letter) that the family's current agency is aware and supportive of the family's desire to switch agencies (if this is a family whose previous agency is bankrupt or no longer exists, this isn't required). Following this, we would ask that families fill our our online application and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org informing our staff that you've applied and that you're seeking to transfer from another agency. We will give families who are transferring agencies a $200 discount on the application fee so families applying will submit $100 at the time of applications submission.
Families who are accepted into our program will be sent an Agreement (contract) to sign and return with the initial program fee. For those with dossiers already in China, the following fee structures apply: The first program fee and the translation fee will be waived. A second program fee discount of $500 will be given and the refundable post adoption deposit of $3000 will be required for all families.
For families who transfer and are further along in building their paperwork for their dossier, a deiscount on the inital program fee may be assessed ona case-by-case basis. For families who are still building their dossier, changes to the dossier will likely be needed for it to meet America World's standards. The expense of updating may be between $200 - $1000. Additional charges will be assessed if there is a need to courier and/or authenticate dossier documentation. Families submitting a new dossier will also be expected to pay the mid-program fee, dossier translation fee, and a refundable post adoption deposit, at the time of dossier submission with our agency.
All other fees, including the international program fee, will remain the same for families who have transferred into working with our agency. A full breakdown/estimate of expenses can be found HERE on our website.
All families who transfer to our agency should be aware that we will have the same requirements/qualifications as we would for new applicants, including signing our Statement of Faith. The current wait times for the China Waiting Children Program are dependent upon a family's child request. Please call our office for more detailed information on our policies or current wait times for the China program.
We recognize that families who are switching agencies have likely already dealt with a lot of frustration and headache due to their circumstances. We hope, pray and trust that God will use these difficulties to work His plan for your family and for the child who will be entering your family.
"At present you may be temporarily harassed by all kinds of trials. This is no accident. It happens to prove your faith which is infinitely more valuable than gold." 1 Peter 1:6-7
"This is the reason we never lose heart. These troubles which are temporary are winning for us a permanent, a glorious and solid reward out of proportion to our pain. So we don't look at the temporary situation. We look beyond to see the eternal benefits." 2 Corinthians 4:16-17