Applicants are encouraged to meet with HHAMA as soon as practical, as with all HHAMA adoption programmes, we believe it is vital to meet with HHAMA before final selection of a country program. HHAMA preparation can help ensure your expectations and approval are appropriate for the country programme of your choice.
Once you have selected USA programme we will introduce you to as many of the USA agencies/attorneys as you wish to contact and the selection of US agency/attorney is one you make yourself, in consultation with HHAMA. You will find links to each agencies website so you can conduct your own review at anytime.
On selection of an agency/attorney to partner with you will sign contracts of engagement with the USA agency/attorney and HHAMA. That will formally register you as a client of the USA programme. A complete dossier of documents is then required, as specified by your selected USA agency/attorney.
Once registered, dossier complete and birth parent profile book/letter in place, the USA agency/attorney will make your profile available to birth mother/family seeking to make an adoption plan. You may be contacted by or interviewed by potential birth parents before selection or may be selected based on your profile. This process can differ by agency / attorney selected and so do please discuss details with HHAMA as part of your preparation process.
Should the match proceed, you may be asked to attend the birth of the child or to arrive later, these decisions are taken by the birth family working with the adoption counselor assigned to support her/them. Once in the USA there is a minimum of 6 weeks required by the Irish regulations before an Article 17 formal placement proposal can be processed but applicants need to be prepared to spend approx 10 weeks in the USA. During that time, depending on your choice of agency, you may have temporary custody of the child or the child may be in Cradle Care. During your meeting with HHAMA in advance of registration we will explain the full details of this process.
Following Article 17 approval families may return to Ireland and begin the approx. 6 month period of post placement pre-adoption completion period.
Adoption is completed by the USA court in accordance with Hague Article 23, following legal review of the adoption and the required post placement reports which applicants commit to undertake on return to Ireland. Once adoption is court completed it can take another number of months for Article 23 issue.