Your decision to adopt a child in Charlotte will likely have a greater impact than you realize. Opening your home to a child in need one presents them with untold opportunities that otherwise might not happen for them. This is especially true when you adopt internationally.
Such a process, while certainly fulfilling, can also be quite complex. Ask any of those that we here at Dempsey Law assisted with it, and they will tell you that having the right adoption service provider is vital. The wrong one can not only leave you facing legal issues and financial strain, but also severe heartache.
Choosing the right ASP
As past posts on this blog detailed, international adoptions introduce the potential for nefarious activity (such as human trafficking). To deter such actions, governments from around the world enacted rules to regulate the practice. Agencies wanting to offer international adoption services must first seek accreditation under these rules in order to legally arrange such a venture.
Fortunately, the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs maintains a detailed list of agencies that do not currently have the appropriate accreditation. In some instances, an agency’s accreditation may be temporarily suspended while it addresses issues of non-compliance; in others, officials might have denied or rescinded an existing accreditation altogether.
Trust in testimonials
Still, agencies than maintain accreditation can still have significant shortcomings. To find the right one for you, reach out to past clients of any agency under consideration. Elements that demonstrate a capable ASP include:
- A strong knowledge of international law (and a willingness to share it)
- Easily available channels of communication
- Extensive pre-adoption training and services
- A transparent fee schedule
You can find more information on working through an international adoption case by continuing to explore our site.