The Carolina Hope Adoption Agency provides services for parents considering international adoption.










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Specializing in International Adoption, infants are available from many countries, as well as special needs adoption
An agency committed to serving orphans and families through the love of God.
Independent adoption and private adoptions resulting in placement of children in christian loving, supportive homes

International adoption from Azerbaijan.
A child can be assigned as young as six months old, These beautiful babies and children are well fed and well cared for.
International adoption from Brazil
These beautiful babies are in foster homes getting individual attention before adoption. Children from about three months old to 12 years old are available.
International adoption from Cambodia. 
In Cambodia the adoption process moves very quickly, and in about six months you can bring home your child. Babies are at least four months old when placed with a family.
International adoption from China.
In general, the children are in good health and primarily girls over the age of six months.
International adoption from Guatemala
Newborn infants are regularly available for adoption. Infant birth history is often available.
International adoption from Kazakhstan
Children six months and older can be placed for adoption. The children can vary in coloring and ethnic make-up.
International adoption from Lithuania
Lithuanian adoption is especially appealing to those who want to adopt a sibling group, fees are substantially  reduced and the wait is short.
International adoption from Nepal
Children from 50 orphanages, in different parts of Nepal who are given the children a good education, shelter, food and good care.
International adoption from Romania.
Toddlers and babies as young as six months can also be adopted. 
Photos/videotape and health report of a child are sent to adoptive parents .
International adoption from Russia.
Russia has 500,000 orphans, many of whom are available for adoption. 
Babies as young as two months may be assigned to adoptive parents.
International adoption from Ukrania.
In general babies and toddlers are available. 
Generally, the children are very fair in coloring.
International adoption from Vietnam.
Mostly very young infants are assigned to families.
The adoption process in Vietnam is very smooth and well-established.
Answers to questions of about what is new in adoption and Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency
Frequently asked questions of Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency
International adoption Testimonials.
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CAROLINA HOPE also conducts home studies for those adoptive parents seeking children domestically or internationally.
International Adoption, Contact Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency for programs in 
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Romania 
Russia 
Ukraine 
Vietnam
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the entire adoption process.
CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption Agency is prepared to help adoptive parents 
through all the steps of international adoption. 
Our goal is to make your adoption a successful and meaningful experience.


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HOME STUDY

ADOPTION : HOME STUDY

-What is a home study? ·
-Why should I use an agency to conduct my home study? ·
-When should I have a home study? ·
-How long is my home study current ? ·
-Can I have the home study visit in the evening or on the weekend ? ·
-What paperwork is required for a home study report ? ·
-What is the fee for a home study ? ·
-How do I make arrangements to have a home study ? ·
-Who conducts home studies for CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption Agency ? ·

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ADOPTION : HOME STUDY

What is a home study?

A home study is a meeting between you and a person certified by your state to verify that you qualify to adopt a child. It is not a white-glove inspection; but rather it is a time to meet for about three hours with the home study consultant to answer questions about your background and personal history. In South Carolina this person is called a certified adoption investigator. But do not let the name "investigator" frighten you. This is simply the official title for people who are authorized to conduct home studies.

Many people worry needlessly that they will not pass the home study. Nearly everyone meets the requirements. However, it is very important that you be completely honest right up-front with the investigator so that if there are any areas of concern, such as a criminal history, the circumstances can be explained in the home study report. As long as there is a reasonable explanation and not a pattern of recent difficulties, a person whose record is not absolutely spotless is not automatically disqualified to be an adoptive parent.

As part of our overall services, CAROLINA HOPE conducts home studies for those adopting here in the United States as well as for families interested in international adoption. CAROLINA HOPE also conducts home studies for those seeking children who do not have special health needs as well as for those interested in special needs children.

Why should I use an agency to conduct my home study?

In South Carolina, independent certified adoption investigators do not have to be affiliated with an adoption agency to conduct home studies. However, some countries (such as China and Russia) and some states (such as Florida) require a home study completed by a licensed agency. Even if you do not use any other of its agency services, you can arrange for one of CAROLINA HOPE's investigators to conduct your home study.

CAROLINA HOPE also will work with you and a caseworker if you are seeking to adopt a child through the social services department of another state. Social service departments require that home studies be conducted by a licensed agency.

When should I have a home study?

Usually it is best to have the home study completed early in the adoption process. If you are not sure whether you want to adopt from the United States or from another country, the certified investigator can help you explore what options are best for you during the home study visit and can conduct the home study so that both options are open to you.

Generally, if you are undecided about whether you want a domestic or an international adoption, it is best if the investigator conducts an international home study. Even If you eventually decide to adopt a child in the United States, an international home study can easily be adjusted for a domestic adoption. However, significant additional time and expense are generally required to convert a domestic home study into an international home study.

For how long is my home study current?

A home study for a domestic adoption is current for one year. An international home study must be less than six months old when submitted to BCIS (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services) formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS).

The fee for updating a home study is minimal. The investigator only must visit you in your home briefly to identify changes that have occurred and then include those changes in an updated home study report.

When you are ready to have your home study updated, just call CAROLINA HOPE to arrange to have an investigator visit.

Can I have the home study visit in the evening or on the weekend?

Yes, the staff is very flexible, and a certified investigator generally can arrange a time for a home visit that is convenient for you.

What paperwork is required for a home study report?

The home study investigator will send you a few forms to complete and return before the home visit is scheduled. One form asks you to list details such as birth date, eye and hair color, and other routine information so that you do not have to spend time during the home study visit answering such basic questions. Other forms require your signature so that a background check can be made.

In addition, the documents listed below are required for the home study report. (Of course, one or more of these documents may not be applicable to some adoption situations.) The investigator is required to see the originals of some of the documents at the time of the home study visit but will not keep them; you will provide copies for the investigator to include with the report.


· Birth certificate for anyone living in the home
· Marriage license of adoptive parents
· Divorce decree from all previous marriages
· Adoption decree for any adopted child living in the home
· 3 letters of reference from couples or individuals who know you well
· Physician's statement for anyone 18 or older living in the home
· Proof of income, such as IRS 1040 form (first page)
· State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) consent form for anyone 18 or older living in the home
(form provided by investigator)
· Child Protection Services (CPS) consent form for anyone 18 or older living in the home
(form provided by investigator)

The investigator may ask for other documentation depending on the situation.

You are not required to have all of these documents in your possession before the home study visit is scheduled. Documents that may take some time to acquire, such as the reference letters and the physician's statements, these may be mailed to the investigator later.

What is the fee for a home study?

The fee for a home study depends on the time required for preparation and processing. For example, a domestic home study for an interstate adoption processed through the South Carolina Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children requires more time than the typical domestic home study. Similarly, some countries, notably China,(covered in a specific section later on this page) require more than the usual number of pre- or post-placement visits.

The following schedule of fees for Home Studies are effective April 1, 2003:



INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION :
FEE / SERVICES SUMMARY

(for countries other than China or Russia)
-- Preplacement home study
(This is includes the State Law Enforcement Department fee.)
$800
-- Carolina Hope agency liaison functions
(e.g., interaction with your agency, extra forms and consents)
This fee is waived if you use the services of Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency
$500
--Required post-placement home study
(money held in trust by CH until needed)
$250
Total charge for preplacement home study and one post-placement home study $1050-$1550


The charge of $1050-$1550 includes the following services:


¨ one home study visit
¨ two copies of home study report--both mailed to S.C. DSS, one of which is forwarded to INS
¨ one copy of home study report mailed to your agency
¨ one copy of home study report mailed to you
¨ one post-placement home visit
¨ one copy of post-placement report mailed to your agency
¨ one copy of post-placement report mailed to you

Adjustments may be applied at the discretion of CH and the certified adoption investigator for a single parent adoption, repeat client, home study update, or other such situation.

CH reserves the right to add a per item charge for preparation of documents or copying beyond normal requirements listed above.

Additional Post-placement Reports:

Should your agency / country of adoption require more than one post-placement report, a fee of $200 per additional report is required. Additional post-placement charges must be paid before a letter of agreement to perform post-placement services will be provided.



RUSSIA ADOPTION :
FEE / SERVICES SUMMARY

-- Preplacement home study
(This includes the State Law Enforcement Department Fee for two persons.)
$850
-- Carolina Hope agency liaison functions
(e.g., interaction with your agency, getting proper forms.)
This fee is waived for those adopting through Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency
$500
-- Required postplacement home study funds
(Money is held in trust until needed and homestudy reports are completed after a three year period of time. Funds--up to $600--will be reimbursed if the last three post-placements do not require a home visit.)
$1,000
Total charge for preplacement home study and one post-placement home study $1250-$2350


The charge of $1250- $2350 includes the following services:


¨one copy of BCIS home study and two-four copies of dossier home study reports mailed to your adoption agency
¨copies of postplacement reports completed before your child is home for 6, 12, 24 and 36 months sent to you and your adoption agency.

Adjustments may be applied at the discretion of CH and the certified adoption investigator for a single parent adoption, repeat client, home study update, or other such situation.

CH reserves the right to add a per item charge for preparation of documents or copying beyond normal requirements listed above.

Additional Postplacement Reports:

Should your agency / country of adoption require more than one postplacement report, a fee of $200 per additional report is required. Additional postplacement charges must be paid before a letter of agreement to perform postplacement services will be provided.



CHINA ADOPTION:
FEE / SERVICES SUMMARY
-- Preplacement home study
(This includes the State Law Enforcement Fee for two persons)
$1,150
-- Required postplacement home study
(money held in trust by CH until needed)
$300
Total charge for preplacement home study and one postplacement home study $1,450
-- $500 extra fee if Carolina Hope is not the placing agency. This fee is for liaison functions (e.g., interaction with your agency).


The charge of $1,450 includes the following services:


¨ Four home study visits (not all visits need to be in your home)
¨ two copies of home study report--both mailed to S.C. DSS, one of which is forwarded to BCIS
¨ one copy of home study report mailed to your agency
¨ one copy of home study report mailed to you
¨ one postplacement home visit
¨ one copy of postplacement report mailed to your agency
¨ one copy of postplacement report mailed to you
¨ one second postplacement self-report

Adjustments may be applied at the discretion of CH and the certified adoption investigator for a single parent adoption, repeat client, home study update, or other such situation.

CH reserves the right to add a per item charge for preparation of documents or copying beyond normal requirements listed above.

Additional Postplacement Reports:

Should your agency / country of adoption require more than one postplacement report, a fee of $200 per additional report is required. Additional postplacement charges must be paid before a letter of agreement to perform postplacement services will be provided.


The charge of $1,000 includes the following services:


¨ one home study visit
¨ two copies of home study report--both mailed to S.C. DSS, one of which is forwarded to INS
¨ one copy of home study report for CH files
¨ one copy of home study report mailed to you
¨ one post-placement home visit
¨ one copy of post-placement report for CH files
¨ one copy of post-placement report mailed to you

Adjustments may be applied at the discretion of CH and the certified adoption investigator for a single parent adoption, repeat client, home study update, or other such situation.

CH reserves the right to add a per item charge for preparation of documents or copying beyond normal requirements listed above.

Additional Post-placement Reports:

Should the state from which you are adopting require more than one post-placement report, a fee of $200 per additional report is required. Additional post-placement charges must be paid before the preplacement report is sent for approval. There may be more expenses if the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Department in another state has extra requirements.

How do I make arrangements to have a home study?

You can call CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption Agency at (864) 268-0570 to request the phone numbers for certified investigators. It is best for you to make direct contact with an investigator so that individualized arrangements can be made.

Who conducts home studies for CAROLINA HOPE Christian Adoption Agency?


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