Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What States can work with Villa Hope?
A: VILLA HOPE is a U.S. based international adoption agency, licensed to process international adoptions for residents of ALL States.

Villa Hope can also work with U.S. citizens living abroad.

Q: Who can adopt?
A: *Applicants must be at least 25 years of age. You can be single or married, requirements are set by individual countries. Some countries allow divorced individuals but they may have limits on the number of divorces.

The agency requires medical reports indicating that all family members are in good health and free of infectious or contagious disease. If specific physical, mental, or emotional health problems exist, a separate letter from the treating physician recommending individuals as an appropriate adoptive resource will be required.

There may also be infertility requirements set by specific countries.

At least one spouse must be a citizen of the United States.

Q: What are the health insurance requirements?
A: Applicants are requested to provide proof of health insurance for an adopted child. VILLA HOPE must have assurance that the adoptive parents are willing to provide medical treatment as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Q: Where do the children come from?
A: All children placed by VILLA HOPE must meet the INS definition of an orphaned child. These children live in developing countries where substandard conditions often make it difficult for birth mothers to provide adequate care for their children. VILLA HOPE currently has programs in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Q: How long will it take?
A: From the time you apply until you have a child in your arms is usually less than one year. The length of time depends upon the availability, age, sex of the child desired, and the court process in each individual country.

Q: What are the financial requirements?
A: Immigration (BCIS) does require that the combined income of a family be at least 125% above that of poverty level. Some individual countries may have specific income requirements as well. The family should have sufficient income and savings to meet its needs and to provide for the child or children without difficulty.

Q: What effect will our employment have on our adoption?
A: Applications are accepted from families in which both parents are employed outside of the home. The employment plans of a prospective parent(s) outside the home will be discussed during the home study process, including child care plans.

Q: What about travel?
A: Most of the programs at VILLA HOPE require some travel to the country. The stay varies with each country. We have agency representatives to assist you during your stay and who will lead you through the entire adoption process.

Q: Are other children allowed to be in the family?

A: This is determined by the policies of the individual countries.

Q: What about the fingerprinting process?
A: All members of the household ages 14-80 must be fingerprinted. Any criminal history must be disclosed and discussed prior to acceptance.

Q: Any other exceptions?
A: Exceptions may be made in order to locate the most appropriate resource for a child with exceptional needs such as a child with marked physical or mental handicaps, minority race children, older school-aged children, or large family groups.

Q: Anything else?
A: VILLA HOPE feels it is important to understand the motives of applicants who are seeking a child and the extent to which they are motivated by their own needs and by the needs of a child. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to Contact Us.