SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER
This procedure applies to the assessment and approval of applicants resident in the UK who wish to adopt a child who is resident abroad; it also covers the procedures to be followed by the Adoption Service in relation to the placement of a child resident abroad with approved adopters.
For procedures in relation to the placement of a child resident in the UK with adopters resident overseas, see Placement for Adoption Procedure.
In November 2017, this chapter was amended to reflect local practice.
Adopt Thames Valley (ATV) Regional Adoption Agency has a service level agreement with the voluntary adoption agency IAC Inter country Adoption Centre, to deal with any applications for overseas adoption from residents of the county and any subsequent tasks associated with the county's inter country adoption responsibilities.
The agreement provides for the procedures in relation to the assessment approval of applicants as well as the matching and placement of children from overseas with approved inter country adopters to be carried out by IAC in relation to any matters for which ATV is responsible.
2. Responding to Requests for Information about Inter-country Adoption
All those who contact ATV adoption service in relation to inter country adoption must be referred to IAC and provided with written information about the agency.
See IAC details.
At the time of the referral, it must be explained to them that there will be a charge for the assessment process for applicants and they should be given written information about any fees which may apply. The charge for the assessment of an application is payable in two equal installments, the first payable at the point of the application, and the second payable 4 weeks before the home study is presented to their Adoption Panel.
Enquirers will also be given information about the Overseas Adoption Helpline who can provide general advice and information.