See also: Honolulu Adoption
Those who want to adopt in Hawaii can get information on adoption through the Department of Human Services (DHS) and through child placing agencies in Hawaii.
DHS has an approval process for all families wanting to adopt children. Adoptive families are required to have child abuse, neglect and criminal history checks done on all household family members. A social worker will come to the adoptive family's home to do a home visit in preparations for the home study. The family is required to get reference letters, medical reports, and copies of any marriage licenses. Families will also need to provide verification of employment history and financial information.
DHS has contracted with Hawaii Behavioral Health (HBT) to provide adoptive parent training. The training is called PRIDE and it consists of eighteen hours of pre-service training.
Families, who wish to adopt children internationally, will need to go through a state licensed adoption agency. Most agencies require an application fee to begin the process. Adoptive families will need to decide if they want to do a domestic adoption in the states or an international adoption.
They will need to provide information about their educational history, employment history, health, desire to adopt, financial information, references, and date of marriage. They will also need to apply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) to get a federal and state criminal clearance check done and get permission to adopt an orphan from another country.
The adoptive family will need to complete all the required international paperwork, before they can be assigned a child and get approved for a travel date to visit the child.
When the adoptive family has received a referral for a child, they will need to wait until they are given the approval to visit the child and complete the adoption. The adoption must be completed in the child's country of birth. Adoptive families will then be able to bring their adopted child to the United States and begin the re-adoption process in their state.
The fees to adopt a child internationally can be expensive. They include agency fees, home study fees, U.S. Government fees, foreign fees, cost of travel and legal fees for the re-adoption process.
The fees to adopt a child domestically can vary depending on the individual circumstances surround the specific adoption. If the adoption requires several attorneys then the adoptive family will be paying more than a case that only requires one attorney. Also, if the adoptive family agrees to pay for birth mother medical expenses, then this can add to the adoption expenses required.
Families who choose to foster adopt through DHS will not have the high fees that agencies charge. In addition, some adoptive families are able to get subsidies or financial assistance through reimbursed expenses, to help with taking care of the child.
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