The fees charged include the collection of and processing of the documents required for the agency to approve a prospective adoptive family and home visits conducted by the agency social worker. This also includes writing reports, ongoing contact with the adoptive family and contact with the primary agency. All fees are subject to change.
Services to Prospective Adoptive Parents:HOME STUDY FEES
I/We have received from International Adoption Services, Inc. and have read a copy of the "Commissioner's statement on Completing an Adoption in Minnesota" which explains the legal rights and responsibilities of the prospective adoptive parent(s) during the process and I/We understand that the prospective adoptive parent(s) are responsible for filing an adoption petition not later than 12 months after the child is placed in our prospective home.
International Adoption Services, Inc. does not have any placing programs nor representatives for any domestic or international adoptions. Should IAS in the future have placement services, a country specific disclosure will be provided to the prospective adoptive parent(s) with the general description of children the agency places for adoption, with attention to such points as age or special needs that determine whether the agency is able to serve a child. The specific placement service disclosure will also state the eligibility requirements or qualifications that the agency requires of the prospective adoptive parent(s). In addition, upon request from a prospective adoptive parent, statistics will be available regarding the number of placements per year for the prior three calendar years and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted or have been dissolved, the number of prospective adoptive parent(s) who apply on an annual basis for the prior three years, the country from which children have been placed for the prior three years, the number of children eligible and waiting adoptive placement.
For families pursuing the adoption of a child born outside the United States, it is understood that International Adoption Services, Inc. cannot and does not assume responsibility for the actions of a foreign government. Despite our approval of a family we cannot guarantee the actions of a foreign government entity, institution, Judge or court of jurisdiction to disapprove or invalidate the request of a particular family to adopt a specific child in the country of birth of that child. International Adoption Services, Inc. cannot and does not make any absolute guarantees of the acceptance of the documentation of a particular child/referral by the government, judge, and court system or immigration offices of that country.
International Adoption Services, Inc. makes every effort to assure the final adoption and placement of a specific child into the adoptive home but the final authority for approval of the child’s adoption and subsequent emigration to the United States is at the discretion of the government and national authorities in the country of birth of this specific child. We cannot guarantee that changes in the civil codes and regulations in the foreign country will not adversely affect adoption processing despite the fact that an individual case is already in process.
The time frames for adoption processing are APPROXIMATE and likelihood, given the circumstances of the prospective adoptive parent and any specific program to which the prospective adoptive parent is applying, that an adoptive placement may be made and the estimated length of time for making an adoptive placement. Adoptive placements can take between 6 months to two (2) years, depending if the adoption is domestic vs international (and varies by country). These estimates are based on adoptive placements made with prospective parents in similar circumstances applying to a similar program with the agency during the immediately preceding three to five years. If for any reason the agency has not been in operation for at least three years, it will provide summary data based on whatever adoptive placements it has made and may include a statement about the kind of efforts it will make to achieve an adoptive placement, including a timetable it will follow in seeking a child. IAS cannot guarantee placement of a child or a time by which a child will be placed.
International Adoption Services, Inc. charges only for services rendered. All fees are non-refundable once a particular service has been provided. However, fees for services(s) not provided will be refunded within 30 days. The applicant(s) request for a refund should be in writing and addressed to International Adoption Services, 4570 West 77th Street, Suite 100, Edina, MN 55435
STATEMENT ABOUT ATTORNEYS AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
International Adoption Services, Inc. will furnish a list of Attorneys that can offer assistance with completing legal requirements for an adoption in the State of Minnesota.RIGHT TO APPEAL
This agreement is signed based upon trust and honesty between the two parties. In the event of any disagreement, both will seek to restore the matter through discussions together. Should the applicant(s) and International Adoption Services, Inc. not reach a mutual understanding, the applicant(s) may register a complaint in a signed and dated written format to the Agency Director, the Agency Board of Directors at 4570 West 77th Street Suite 100, Edina, MN 55435, the State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services. If the matter involves a Hague Adoption (Individuals must first try to resolve a complaint through their Adoption Service Provider before submitting a complaint to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) the format is found on http://iaame.net/report-a-concern.