International Adoption FAQs


How many international adoption home studies does Vista Del Mar complete in a year?

On an average Vista Del Mar completes 50-75 home studies during any one year.

How much does a home study cost?

For an international adoption home study, there is a $500 non-refundable application fee. The home study fee is $2850. These fees do not include miscellaneous costs such as California Department of Justice live scan fingerprinting, medical appointments, home study notaries, immigration filings, immigration fingerprint clearances, placing agency fees and travel expenses.

How long does the home study process take?

The home study process, which entails completion of the required paperwork, education classes and three to four face-to-face contacts (dependent upon which country you are adopting from), takes between 8 and 12 weeks to complete.

What paperwork do I need to complete?

In general you will need to provide documentation regarding employment, health, financial and criminal, child/abuse neglect and FBI clearances.

I was arrested 10 years ago for driving under the influence, or I have a chronic medical issue, can I adopt internationally?

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to adopt internationally. If Adoptions at Vista Del Mar is only contracted to complete the home study, your placing agency will make the final determination regarding a past arrest or medical issue. Vista Del Mar is a full disclosure agency. All issues, related to but not limited arrests, medical issues, domestic partnerships and mental health issues will be disclosed in the home study narrative. Supporting documentation may be requested regarding these issues.

What do I do after my home study is complete?

Once your home study has been completed, you will receive three packets:

  • Packet 1 includes the notarized home study and agency licenses that have been requested by your placing agency;
  • Packet 2 includes a notarized home study, a copy of Vista Del Mar’s agency license, a copy of your social worker’s license or master’s degree and a copy of Adoptions at Vista’s Hague accreditation certificate that will need to be filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; and
  • Packet 3 includes a copy of your final home study for your files.
    Each packet is labeled with instructions as to what will need to be completed.

How long does it take to get an approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services?

Time frames for obtaining the approval vary greatly. Currently it is taking 2-3 months for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process the request and submit an approval.

Do we have to do post placement visits with a social worker?

If your placing agency requires post placement supervision, Vista Del Mar will be able to provide this service. Depending on the country as well as the placing agency, post placement visits will vary in terms of number of visits needed.

What is re-adoption and do we have to do it?

Re-adoption is the process where the adoption is put on record in the State of California Bureau of Vital Statistics. You will receive a Delayed Registration of Birth certificate indicating the re-adoption. Though this process is highly recommended by both Vista Del Mar and most placing agencies, re-adoption is not required in the State of California. The process of re-adoption requires one visit from a social worker and the completion of a report. To complete the legal portion of the re-adoption, you will need to contact your local courthouse to determine the requirements for filing the legal paperwork or you may retain an attorney.

I’m interested in pursuing an infant domestic adoption as well. Can I do both?

Yes, the Adoption Program at Vista allows you to pursue both a domestic and international adoption at the same time. There may be some restrictions so please let us know if you would like more information about this option.