Begin the Process
We are delighted that you are interested in
international adoption. The first step is to prepare a packet
of information to be sent to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service. (I-600A) We recommend starting this immediately
since processing time can be up to six months. I-600A/I-600
filing fees are scheduled to increase from $405.00 to $460.00
effective February 19, 2002. Fee's for fingerpriting are
scheduled to increase from $25.00 per person to $50.00 per
person. A single fee of $460 covers both the I-600A and
the I-600 if the fee is paid at the time of filing form
1. You will need to obtain four copies of the following:
(2)certified copies, and (2)copies
a) Birth Certificates
b) Marriage License
c) Death Certificate of former spouse (if applicable)
d) Divorce decree (if applicable)
e) A valid homestudy (please note that this may be sent
later than the above documents)
One complete set of document will be mailed
with your INS application. The INS will accept photocopies
with the initial I -600A form. Please be aware, however,
that only certified copies are acceptable for the foreign
paperwork and travel.
Ask A.D.O.P.P.T., Inc. for the address of the Department
of Vital Statistics for applicable states.
(Be sure to contact us if unsure about anything in the process,
as the INS does not accept incomplete applications. Serious
delays can result from the omission of a single item. We
want your paperwork to sail through, so please don't hesitate
to call and clarify any questions.)
2. Adoptive parents can receive their INS
forms from INS office in their state by calling (1-800-870-3676).
The two forms you need now are:
a) I 600 (blue form) This form is filed later at the time
b) I 600A (peach colored) application.
Also note that anyone in your home 18 years and or older,
must be fingerprinted and obtain INS approval.
3. Mail to INS the completed I 600A form (peach),
birth certificates for adoptive parents, marriage license,
divorce decrees, death certificates and the filling fee.
The filing fee is currently $405 plus $25 per person fingerprinting
It is important to label the outside of the
envelope "Foreign Adoption Papers." All correspondence
with the INS and other agencies should be sent Certified/Return
Receipt, or (Priority Express, if necessary) It is important,
however, that you have a receipt acknowledging that the
agency received your documents. Upon receipt of your application,
INS will schedule an appointment for you to be fingerprinted
at an INS office. Two forms of photo identification are
required. Once completed, INS will send your prints to the
FBI for a background check. Usual processing time is 30-90
4. The next step is to complete a homestudy.
This will be done by a social worker or a licensed adoption
agency authorized to do home studies in your state. When
your home study is complete, mail it to the INS. They will
add it to your file and will then examine your complete
file for approval. Upon approval you will receive an I-171
H document. This is very important, so please keep it in
5. If you do not have a passport, apply for
one at this time. Applications are available at any post
office. Get a minimum of 10 passport photos (2'x2') for
each person traveling. You will need extras for your visas
and foreign paperwork. At least one parent must travel,
however A.D.O.P.P.T., INC. will provide a power of attorney
form for the spouse who does not.
6. You will need to contact your Local Police
Department and request two notarized originals of your criminal
record check. Have one mailed to A.D.O.P.P.T., INC. and
one to you. This is necessary for each member of your household
over the age of 18.
7. Request for (2) completed notarized originals
of the medical report form from your doctor. For husband
8. Call Federal Express and set up an account.
This is free. You will only be charged when you actually
use their service.
9. For the sake of simplicity get (2) orginals,
and (2) copies of any document not specifically mentioned
here and send (1) orginal, and (1) copy to A.D.O.P.P.T.,
First Trip to Vietnam
Each parent must bring four (4) pass port
Second Trip to Vietnam
Upon the second trip to Vietnam you will need
to bring the following:
1. Husband and Wife's Birth Certificates.
2. Marriage License and Divorce Decree(If applicable).
3. Home Study.
4. Form I 171H (Letter of approval from the INS).
5. Copy of first page of passport (Notarized).
6. Letter from Employer (Notarized).
7. I-600 (Notarized).
8. OF - 230 Part 1 (Application for Immigrant Visa).
9. Of - 230 Part 2 (Application for Immigrant Visa).
10. Form 9003 (IRS Questionnaire).
11. Form I-864 and I-864-A Form INS (Notarized in Several
12. Last (3) three years tax forms with W-2's attached.
13. Power of Attorney for spouse not traveling (Notarized).