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“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us…” 2 Cor. 5:20

Information Packet For Prospective International Adoptive Families, Adopt From Africa’s Cameroon Program.

Contact Information.

Adopt From Africa
P.O.Box 200700
Austin, Texas 78720-0700

Email: adopt@adoptfromafrica.org

Adopt From Africa: Letter From the Director

 

Dear Prospective Adoptive Family,

Thank you for your interest in Adopt From Africa.  We consider it a privilege and honor to be part of the process where both orphan and family are united as the Lord leads you to grow your family.  Again, thank you for considering us in joining you on your adoption journey.

In the following pages, you will learn about the process of adoption, the possibilities and challenges of international adoption.  We pray that as you read, you will be better informed about how the adoption process works and how Adopt From Africa can help you.  We desire that you recognize that we are advocates for both orphans and adoptive parents.  Our goal is to assist you making one of the most important decisions of your life, in an informed and God-led manner.

Our reason for assisting in international adoption comes from a mandate from Jesus in James 1:27, ”Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  Our passion is “making least of these more than conquerors” and recognizing that God’s original plan was for children to grow up in Christ-loving and world-changing homes.  We are so thankful to God for allowing us to be a part of “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”  It is by the grace of God that we get to serve Him this way.

Adopt From Africa is currently a matching organization for Cameroon, Africa.  Please prayerfully consider if this is where God is leading your family.  If you both are united in this journey and feel that you qualify as an adoptive family, please submit the International Adoption Application and other required forms to our office.  We pray that we will be able to help you find the child that God has laid on your heart.

Please call or email with any questions that you might have.  Laura LeBlanc, our Adoptions Director, can be reached at 1-254-824-9216.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Blessings in Christ,

Laura LeBlanc

Adoptions Director

 

Adopt From Africa: About Us

Mission Statement

Adopt From Africa strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ and usher the Kingdom of God here on earth by protecting orphans and providing for them a family who is committed to loving, honoring and serving God and others.

Our Purpose

Our utmost purpose at Adopt From Africa is to bring glory to God.  We recognize the innate, God-given worth of every child.  We believe that every child deserves to grow up in a family where they are unconditionally loved, nurtured, protected and appreciated for the beautiful creation of God that they are.  We are committed to matching these precious children with families that are devoted to unconditionally loving, honoring and serving God and others and are purposeful in being the salt and light of Jesus in all the earth.

Who We Are

We are a non-denominational Christian Adoption Agency, committed to carrying out our mission in a way that brings glory and honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Adopt From Africa believes that we are ambassadors for Christ, called to spread the life of Jesus through our actions and words.  We recognize that there are many reasons that families adopt, but we are firmly committed to the vision and purpose that God has called us to.  As God creates His family through adoption, we exist to mobilize the church for orphan care as God moves the hearts of Christians to grow their family through adoption.  We ask that prospective adoptive families seek the Lord through prayer in considering if our agency is right for you, and in response, acknowledge and honor the foundation of our ministry.  Our process is not done without prayer and trust in the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  We believe that it is our responsibility to understand each applicant’s walk with Jesus, and in doing so, enables us to carry out the vision that God has given us as an agency.

Adopt From Africa: Statement Of Faith

 

  1. THE SACRED SCRIPTURES: We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God  and that it is the complete revelation of God’s will for mankind. We believe in the absolute authority of the Scriptures to govern the affairs of men.  2 Timothy 3:15-17
  2. GOD: We believe that there is one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6
  3. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God; he is God, was born of a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, did many miracles, shed his blood and died in our stead to pay for our sins. He then resurrected in bodily form and ascended to the Father where he now sits at his right hand. He is returning soon in great power and glory. John 1:1-4; Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:1-4 & 4:15; Acts 1:11 & 2:22-24; I Corinthians15:3-4.
  4. SALVATION: We believe that we have all sinned and come short of the glory God. But the work of the Cross was to redeem man from the power of sin.  Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ results in new birth, forgiveness of all sins, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit. That is the only way to salvation. We believe that this Salvation is available to all who will receive it. Titus 3:4-7; Luke 24:46-47; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; Acts 4:12.
  5. THE HOLY SPIRIT:  We believe in the existence of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Trinity and his interaction with man. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as manifested by the fruit and the gifts of the Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the teacher and comforter who enables the Christian to live a godly life. Galatians 5:16-18; Romans 8:9.
  6. JUDGEMENT: Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected: the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. Revelation 20:11-15; I Corinthians 15:51-57.
  7. THE CHURCH:  We believe there is spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church. We believe the Church is the eternal and universal Body of Christ consisting of all those who have accepted the work of the atonement. We believe in the need for a local assembly of believers for the purpose of evangelism and edification.  Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:12, 27.
  8. WATER BAPTISM: We believe in the ordinance of water baptism by immersion in obedience to the Word of God. All those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior should be baptized in water as a public profession of their faith in Christ.

 

We are in complete agreement with the above Statement of Faith.

 

 

Signature of Prospective Adoptive Father                                         Date

 

Signature of Prospective Adoptive Mother                                         Date

Adopt From Africa: Your Role as an Adoptive Parent

As a prospective parent, you will need to complete three basic sets of paperwork in order to adopt internationally.

Home Study Paper Work – As with domestic adoption, people who are seeking an international adoption must complete a study conducted by a qualified social worker describing their suitability as parents.

The social worker, who completes this home study, usually has obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work, is licensed by their state, and works under the supervision of a state-licensed adoption agency.  In order to complete this study, prospective parents must gather numerous documents ranging from birth and marriage certificates to employment and police records. The U.S. and foreign governments will draw upon this document, in addition to other documents, as they qualify you for adoption.

 U.S. Government Paper Work – In addition to the home study, prospective parents must submit an application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS – formerly known as Immigration and Naturalization Service) for approval to adopt a child from overseas. Once the application has been submitted, along with the required documentation, a form will be issued which approves you to adopt a foreign child.

Foreign governments often need to see this approval before they will allow you to complete the adoption process in their country. After an international child has been referred to you, USCIS will also issue a statement, which approves the child for adoption and immigration into the US. Finally, they will issue a travel visa for the child in the foreign country’s US Embassy.

Foreign Government Paper Work – The third set of paperwork, called a dossier, must be completed to satisfy the requirements of the foreign government. These documents vary by country and range widely from extra references to statements of infertility. The list of required documents may vary from year to year and depends upon the foreign government agencies involved.

Other People Play a Part

Many people have influence over whether or not you receive approval to adopt or, once approved, over the timing of when you actually receive your child. During this process you will directly or indirectly deal with USCIS officials, adoption agencies, U.S. Embassies, foreign officials, lawyers, judges, and regulators.

What Adopt From Africa Will Do for You

Adopt From Africa helps families from all 50 states, and US citizens living abroad, navigate the maze of adoption paperwork and connects them with available children in foreign countries.  Our reputation for ethical and honest work has earned us the trust of the people who direct the adoption services in these countries.

Adopt From Africa: Eligibility Requirements for Cameroon

  1. Adoptive parents must be a married husband and wife to adopt from Cameroon.
  2. The adoptive parent(s)  need to be Christians and members of the same church affiliation within the limits of traditional Christianity.  Adopt From Africa is a Christian agency and our main objective is to place children into Christian families.
  3. At least one of the adoptive parent(s) should be over twenty-five (25) years of age.  The prospective adoptive parent(s) must be at least twenty-one years older than the child.  (If the child is over fourteen years of age, the child must consent to the adoption.)
  4. The adoptive parent(s) must commit to and acknowledge the importance of one parent being a “stay at home” parent to the extent reasonably possible, particularly during the initial 6 months of the child being home. This “stay at home” parent may work up to 20 hours per week outside the home if necessary. Notwithstanding the goal that each family make such a commitment, the Admissions committee can waive the requirement in the event of essential need and in the best interests of the child.
  5. The adoptive couple must submit a proof of employment and have a good employment record.
  6. The adoptive couple must be in good physical, mental, and emotional health. If health problems exist, they must be under control.
  7. The adoptive couple needs to be financially secure.
  8. The adoptive couple must complete the adoption application. This is used as a screening tool to ensure that the couple meets our criteria. The admissions committee makes the final decision on whether or not a couple is a “good fit” for our agency.
  9. The adoptive couple must be present at an adoptive couple orientation meeting at your home and complete all required adoptive parent training.
  10. They must successfully complete an adoptive home study in accordance with your states standards, US Citizenship and Immigration Service, and Department of State.
  11. Each couple must consent to a search and for the agency to review the results of a Criminal History and Central Registry Background Check. Adoptive applicants cannot have a criminal record to adopt from Cameroon.
  12. The adoptive couple must be able to allow the child to receive generally accepted medical care and treatment (including life saving and invasive procedures) as recommended by competent licensed medical care providers.
  13. The Board reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant based upon what the Board determines is in the best interest of the mission of this agency.

Adopt From Africa: Supervised Providers

Adopt From Africa is a matching agency.  Therefore, after Adopt From Africa approval of your application, you will need to contract with another accredited adoption agency in your state to perform your home study. Provided in this packet is a list of partner agencies we recommend. If there is another agency you would like to perform your home study that is not on our list, please contact your caseworker.

Adoptive Parent Training Requirements – 10 Hours Required

Adopted children as a group are at high risk for attachment problems, even those adopted at a very young age. By definition, adoption separates a child from the pre-natal caregiver and the family of birth. This and later trauma, even apparently unremarkable, can leave tracks that contribute to behavior that is confusing and confounding to the adoptive family.

Early preparation and understanding of possible problems can be extremely helpful to families planning to adopt.

Adopt From Africa will provide prospective adoptive parents with 10 hours of required preparation and training for international adoptions and parenting.  The training will be completed and documented in your file prior to matching.  Our training covers a variety of topics that are encompassed in international adoptions. You will receive comprehensive training on the needs and conditions of children waiting for adoption, including the physical, emotional, and mental developmental risk factors for children in Cameroon. You will be provided with information on the process of adopting in Cameroon and the possible delays and difficulties associated with international adoptions.

You will be required to complete at least 10 hours of the provided training on international adoptions. We have chosen a training produced by the National Council for Adoption that may be viewed online. In addition to this training, Adopt From Africa will require additional reading from the Required Reading List in this packet. The training will conclude in a meeting with your caseworker to discuss any further information or questions you have on international adoptions. As specific information is gathered on your particular child, more training material will be provided.

For families that have already completed international adoption training with Adopt From Africa or another approved agency, portions of the training may be omitted, at the Child Placing Management Staff and international caseworker’s approval.

 

Adopt From Africa: Referral Process

After Adopt From Africa receives your approved home study and the training requirements are completed and approved, we will submit your dossier (approved home study and supporting documents) to the Cameroon Liaisons.  After the dossier has been received and reviewed, you will receive your referral for a child. You will be given all medical and social information known on the child that our Facilitators have. You will have two weeks from the day that you receive the referral to decide if you will accept the referral. If you choose to accept the referral, a court date will be set for you and you will travel to the country.

Two visits are required to adopt in Cameroon.  Both parents must be present for at least one of the visits.  You will travel to Cameroon to meet the child and attend the first court date. There is a nine-month wait from the time you initially meet the child to when you will return for the second court date.  During this time, you will receive monthly photos and updates on how the child is doing.  You are also required to “sponsor” your child by financially supporting them ($35/month), thus fulfilling the Cameroonian judicial requirement to financially support the child.  Also during this time, you will be required, along with sending gifts and letters, to call the child every two weeks.  This contact is done strictly as a sponsor/pen pal relationship, thereby fulfilling the Cameroonian judicial requirement to “form a relationship” with the child.  You will then return nine months later for your second court date.  At that time you will receive full and final custody of the child.  On the second visit, Cameroon will require a 1½-3 week stay in country for at least one parent in order to obtain the visa for the child to travel home with you.

Adopt From Africa: Required vs Recommended Reading List

Twenty Things Adoptive Parents Need to Succeed by Sherrie Eldridge

Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge

Adopted for Life, The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches by Russell D. Moore

Wounded Children, Healing Homes:

How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families by Jayne E. Schooler

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay


Adopt From Africa: Your Role as an Adoptive Parent

As a prospective parent, you will need to complete three basic sets of paperwork in order to adopt internationally.

Home Study Paper Work – As with domestic adoption, people who are seeking an international adoption must complete a study conducted by a qualified social worker describing their suitability as parents. The social worker, who completes this home study, usually has obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work, is licensed by their state, and works under the supervision of a state-licensed adoption agency.  In order to complete this study, prospective parents must gather numerous documents ranging from birth and marriage certificates to employment and police records. The U.S. and foreign governments will draw upon this document, in addition to other documents, as they qualify you for adoption.

U.S. Government Paper Work – In addition to the home study, prospective parents must submit an application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS – formerly known as Immigration and Naturalization Service) for approval to adopt a child from overseas. Once the application has been submitted, along with the required documentation, a form will be issued which approves you to adopt a foreign child.

Foreign governments often need to see this approval before they will allow you to complete the adoption process in their country. After an international child has been referred to you, USCIS will also issue a statement, which approves the child for adoption and immigration into the US. Finally, they will issue a travel visa for the child in the foreign country’s US Embassy.

Foreign Government Paper Work – The third set of paperwork, called a dossier, must be completed to satisfy the requirements of the foreign government. These documents vary by country and range widely from extra references to statements of infertility. The list of required documents may vary from year to year and depends upon the foreign government agencies involved.

 

Other People Play a Part

Many people have influence over whether or not you receive approval to adopt or, once approved, over the timing of when you actually receive your child. During this process you will directly or indirectly deal with USCIS officials, adoption agencies, U.S. Embassies, foreign officials, lawyers, judges, and regulators.

 

What Adopt From Africa Will Do for You

Adopt From Africa helps families from all 50 states, and US citizens living abroad, navigate the maze of adoption paperwork and connects them with available children in foreign countries.  Our reputation for ethical and honest work has earned us the trust of the people who direct the adoption services in these countries.

Adopt From Africa: Refunds

Application Fee

Nonrefundable or transferable under any circumstances. Fee is due with signed contract.

Home Study Fee

This fee is not refundable and due at the home visit; however, the home study fee will not be duplicated if a family decides to switch programs. Fee is payable to home study provider.

U.S. Program Fees

This fee is not refundable. Fee is payable to agency.

International Program Fees

This fee is not refundable. Fee is payable to agency.

Dossier Fees

These fees are not payable to the Agency but to the entity’s providing the documents and certifications required and are thus non-refundable.

Travel and Visas

Again, these fees are paid in regard to personal travel and accommodations and subject to the policies of those entities. These fees are not payable to the Agency but to the entity providing services.

Orphanage Service Fees

This fee is not refundable. Fee is payable to agency who will then pay the orphanage.

Post Placement and Post Adoption Fee

Nonrefundable. These fees are payable to the post placement and post adoption service provider at time of service.

Re-adoption fee

Payable to attorney of your choice when return to U.S.

Citizenship Certificate

Payable to entity providing certificate

Refund Note: If a family fails to properly disclose information or in any way puts the Agency and its interests at risk, the Agency retains the right to terminate the adoption process without providing any refund.

If there are special circumstances that require a family to withdraw temporarily or suspend their adoption, the Agency will apply 100% of the family’s previously paid fees to the reactivated adoption if it takes place within two years of the withdrawal/ suspension. If more than six months have elapsed the family will need to comply with all fees at the then current rates. The Executive Director retains the right to assess individual cases and determine refunds for atypical cases. Obviously many expenditures that occur are outside of the services of Agency and are all non-refundable once paid unless the client personally arranges that with the individual entities.

The Agency will not charge additional fees and expenses beyond what is disclosed in our set fee structure. If unforeseen additional fees and expenses occur in Cameroon, the Agency will disclose those fees in writing to the adoptive family. In case any overage of fees is paid, the Agency agrees to refund the funds to the prospective adoptive family within sixty days of the completion of the delivery of services.

Waiver Policy

Any funds to be expended in excess of $1000 will require the consent of the adoptive family or the family will be given the opportunity to waive the notice and consent requirement in advance in writing. The Agency will provide written receipts for all fees and expenses paid by the Agency directly to the governing authorities in the foreign country.

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