International Adoption

Primary Provider Services

Family Resource Center (DBA Adoption Center of Illinois) has been a Hague accredited agency since 2008. This accreditation allows us to act as an Accredited Adoption Service Provider (ASP) for international adoptions, both Hague adoptions and non-Hague adoptions.

Your first step should be to learn about adoption from a particular country. A thorough overview of adoption from each country can be found on the State Department’s Inter-country Adoption site. Please read this information thoroughly, it should prove to be very useful!

In regard to non-Hague country adoptions, historically, families were allowed to proceed with an independent international adoption. In accordance with the Universal Accreditation Act of 2012 this is no longer the case. For any adoption that was not completed prior to July 14, 2014, using an Accredited Adoption Service Provider as a Primary Provider is now required for all international adoptions, from both Hague and Non-Hague countries.

Additional information about the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) is available on these State Department sites:

US Immigration UAA General Information

US State Department – FAQ’s Regarding the UAA

Family Resource Center may be able to serve as the Primary Provider for your international adoption. This service is independent and separate from the international home study service.

Please review the SAMPLE agreement to understand the services and fees to be provided. This agreement pertains to the adoption of an orphan or convention adoptee. The fee for FRC’s Primary Provider Service for the adoption of ONE child is $5,500. This includes a $500 Monitoring and Oversight (M&O) fee paid directly to IAAME, the State Department’s accrediting entity. PLEASE NOTE: Families who adopt more than one child will pay an additional $500 M&O fee per child.

The first step is to return the application with the fee.

If you would like more information or to discuss your specific case, please let us know. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.