Post Adoption Reports

Post adoption reports provide assurance to political leaders and adoption officials in the country of origin that children placed in permanent families through intercountry adoption in the United States are receiving appropriate care and protection.

Many foreign countries require post adoption supervision for six months or longer to ensure that the child has been well-placed and is thriving in a loving family. For this reason, MLJ may ask you to furnish photographs, written reports and medical reports to send to your child’s country of origin, and/or participate in follow up interviews and home visits.

Failure to provide post adoption reports may put intercountry adoption programs at risk for those who wish to adopt in the future. Accordingly, MLJ Adoptions and the Department of State strongly encourage parents to comply with post adoption reporting requirements.

The requirements and frequency of post adoption reports vary from country to country, and some countries expect the reports to be prepared by a social worker or agency representative. Post adoption reports are individualized and therefore separate reports are required for each adopted child. It is helpful to anticipate and understand the reporting requirements of your child’s country of origin.

Bulgaria – Agency completed reports due at six months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months from the date of placement with 10 printed photos of the whole family and pictures of the child. Reports must be notarized and apostilled.

Burkina Faso – Agency completed reports due at six months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months from the date of placement and then annually from the date of placement until the child turns 18, with 10 printed photos of the whole family and pictures of the child. Reports must be notarized and apostilled.

The Democratic Republic of Congo – Agency completed reports with at least five printed photos of child with family due at six months, 12 months and 24 months from the date of placement. Reports must be notarized. Pictures must also be sent to your program director the first week home and then every three months for the first year.

Haiti – Agency completed reports with at least five printed photos of child with family due at six months and 12 months from the date of placement, and then one report every year for the following 7 years.

Honduras – Agency completed reports with 10 printed photos of child with family every three months from the date of placement for the first year, every six months for the second year, and annually until the child turns 14. Reports must be notarized and apostilled.

Mexico – Agency completed reports with 10 photos for the first three years at six month intervals plus annual reports until the child turns age 18. Reports must be notarized and apostilled.

Nicaragua – Agency completed reports with 10-12 printed photos of child with family annually until the child turns 21. Reports must be notarized and apostilled.

Samoa – Agency completed reports with at least five printed photos of child with family due at six months, 12 months and 24 months from the date of placement. Report must be notarized. Pictures must also be sent to your program director the first week home and then every three months for the first year.

Ukraine – Agency completed reports due at 12 months, 24 months and 36 months after placement and every three years until the child turns 18*.

Individualized Country – Agency completed reports with at least five printed photos of child with family due at six months, 12 months and 24 months from the date of placement.

Please contact Support Services with questions or to schedule your post adoption visit.

 

*It is MLJ Adoptions’ policy that the first three reports be completed by your home study agency.