We place children with couples and single women. Russian law prohibits the adoption of children by single men. You must be at least 25 years of age to adopt from Russia and Ethiopia. Prospective parents may be precluded from adopting based on criminal histories or medical or psychological conditions. This is reviewed on a case by case basis and can be investigated by us prior to application. Guided by the parameters of applicable law, we try to be responsive to anyone desiring to be a parent who has the means to adequately support a child and can provide a safe, loving home. Families of any size are eligible to adopt from these countries.
Russian and Ethiopian laws state there should be no greater than 45 years between the age of the child and the youngest parent. There are some territories that will consider the older parent. Russia will permit prospective parents to adopt unrelated children.
All applicants shall be required to have a current (less than 1 year) home study conducted by our caseworkers or the social workers of another licensed agency to determine the suitability of the applicants and their home. The home study may be conducted at any time, but must be completed before approval can be granted by the Bureau of Consular Affairs for the applicants to adopt. The home study is a detailed examination of the applicants and their families to determine if the applicants would provide a good home for an adopted child.