Intercountry Adoption

Intercountry Adoption refers to adopting a child from a country outside of the United States. The process can be very confusing at times, but we have a staff of seasoned professionals in Intercountry Adoption that will work directly with you throughout the process.

We’ve supported families since we began working with Korea in the 1960’s, and can help families with home study, dossier preparation and post-placement services.

We’re Accredited!

LFCS has achieved Hague Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation through October 17, 2021, for Services for Incoming Cases pursuant to the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000.


Countries may have different guidelines about who can adopt, and the children available for adoption all have different backgrounds, living situations and health factors hopeful parents must consider.

Eligibility factors for Adoptive Parents differ between countries. Most countries require Adoptive Parents to be:

  • In good health and able to a parent a child to adulthood
  • Equipped with the financial means to complete the adoption and provide for your child’s future

Partner Agencies

There are three basic roles in intercountry adoptions: Primary, Supervised or Exempted Provider.  LFCS does not act as a primary provider in intercountry adoptions but instead completes home studies and post-placements working as a supervised or exempted provider with the identified primary provider.

If you are still in the process of making decisions about which country and program is the best fit for your family, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri (LFCS) can help.
Contact our Intercountry Adoption Professionals to learn more about this exciting process by email or calling 314-787-5100 or 866-326-LFCS (5327).


Additional Resources

Hague Accredited Agencies

Intercountry Adoption Process

Acquiring Citizenship for Your Child

USCIS Form I-600

USCIS Form I-800

Additional Resources