Pregnancy & Adoption

International Adoption

Many thousands of children around the world long for a home and a family. Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc. has been involved in international adoptions for over twenty-five years, assisting with the placement of children from the countries of China, Russia, Bolivia, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Vietnam, Ukraine and Ethiopia just to name a few.

Our experienced staff can help guide you through the home study process required in the United States. Catholic Charities is a homestudy agency and will assist with adoption options, counseling, the homestudy, immigration paperwork, adoptive parent education, dossier assistance and post placement reports. In order to complete your international adoption you will also need to work with a placing agency. In addition to our services, Catholic Charities offers ten hours of Hague approved adoptive parent education class entitled Parents in Process.

Our staff is available to talk with and counsel you about adoption and determine if it is the right choice for your family. If you know you are ready to get started on an international adoption, contact Julie Bolles, Supervisor of Adoptions, 615-352-3087 x2181 or

The following are available upon request:

• Policies and practices, including general eligibility criteria and fees;
• The supervised providers with whom the prospective client(s) can expect to work in the United States and in the child's country of origin and the usual costs associated with their services;
• A sample written adoption services contract substantially like the one that the prospective client(s) will be expected to sign should they proceed;
• The number of adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided;
• The number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on data for the prior three calendar years; and
• The number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral via the agency or person.


Who can adopt an international child?

Each country has different parental requirements and qualifications in regards to age, marital status, length of marriage, and children already in the home. The counselors at Catholic Charities are happy to talk with you about which country will be the best fit for your family.

What countries are open for International Adoption?

Because Catholic Charities is a homestudy agency, we are able to work with most countries that are open to an international adoption. There are many countries open for adoption, but it is important to be aware that countries tend to open and close for the purpose of adoption depending on many circumstances. For a listing of countries available please visit the United States Department of State website at

What is a placing agency?

A placing agency is an agency that the adoptive parents(s) employ to handle their adoption process. This agency will have stateside offices as well as offices in the country from which the adoption is taking place. There are hundreds of placing agencies in the United States. However, there are few in the state of Tennessee so chances are you will be using a placing agency outside of our state. Stateside the placing agency is the handler of your paperwork. In country, the placing agency will help with travel details and legal proceedings.

What is a dossier?

A dossier usually consists of 13-15 documents that are put together by the adopting parents to send to the country they wish to adopt from. Examples of the documents to include are: financial reports, medical reports, pictures of the home, your homestudy, etc…

What is USCIS?

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Anyone who wants to adopt internationally must file an I600A or an I800A (determined by the country from which you desire to adopt) with USCIS which will grant them approval as adoptive parents and eventually obtains their child an adoption visa on which they will enter the United States.

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