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Intercountry Adoption

The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia has been finding permanent loving families for children in West Virginia since 1896. This has grown in recent years to helping children across the world find permanent homes through our Partnerships with quality, accredited, licensed agencies.  Additionally, we are the only West Virginia based agency who is Hague Accredited as a full service provider of Intercountry adoption so we may move forward in expanding our services to children and families in the future.  Please consult the U.S. Department of State’s website for more information on The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).

Family Preparation…

Intercountry adoption involves many issues that Our Families must be prepared for and aware of prior to making this life-long commitment to a child. The Society will provide you with access to information and training to help prepare you for this journey. The Intercountry Adoption Journey online training by the National Council for Adoption will provide Our Families with 10 hours required to adopt internationally by our policy and to meet the requirements of adoption through any Hague Convention country.  Additional training will be required and provided by the Society or your other partner agency.  For more information about the Society’s Intercountry adoption services, you may download our Intercountry Adoption Services Policy Summary.

Costs Associated with Our Intercountry Adoption Program…

The Society works to keep the cost of finding permanent families for children as low as possible.  Currently, the Society does not provide direct placement of children through Intercountry adoption.  Our Families who complete an Intercountry adoption utilize another Intercountry adoption agency as the Primary Child-Placing Agency with the Society providing only home study and post placement services and coordination with the partner agency.  Families will have a specific limited fee payable directly to the Society. The adoptive family will be assessed the flat fee of $3,000 at the time of child placement.  Please see the Society’s Intercountry Adoption Services Fee Schedule & Estimated Expenses for more detailed information regarding fees for our Intercountry Adoption Program.  As a Hague Accredited Agency, we will provide each family with a transparent listing of fees and estimated expenses for all phases of an Intercountry adoption. 

Complaints, Grievances and Comments…

The Society prides itself on providing competent, sensitive, quality services to Our Families and the children we serve. Our staff is comprised of experienced social workers to prepare you for your life-long journey to adoption. Please review our Grievance Policy and Procedure for Complaints where specific information regarding the Complaint Registry for the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption may be found.

Comments may also be provided to the Council on Accreditation, the entity charged with our Hague Accreditation on their website: 

The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website at:

Looking towards the Future…

The Children’s Home Society is proud to be the only Hague Accredited agency in the State of West Virginia.  In 2008, the Society earned full Hague Accreditation certifying us to provide all six of the services for Intercountry adoption.  Although at this time the Society is not functioning as a Primary Provider, we are looking towards the future through maintaining this high level of Hague Accreditation.  This further ensures Our Families they will receive the highest quality services at all levels of their adoption.  Hague Accreditation ensures families within our state will be able to continue to adopt from countries, such as China, who now require all phases of the adoption process to be provided by a fully Hague Accredited Agency.

Find Out More…

We hope you will continue to learn more about our Adoption Program, our Foster Care Program, or our other programs from our agency website at www.childhswv.org. You can speak directly with an experienced social worker and request an Intercountry Adoption Information Packet by contacting one of our Adoption Resource Centers, by email at childrenshomesociety@childhswv.org, or by calling our Administrative Office at 304.346.0795.

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