Information provided on this page is for you, the prospective adoptive parent, to learn about and understand various aspects of Children’s Aid Society and its operating practices. This information is also presented to fulfill various Hague Convention Standards.

Prohibition on Child Buying

Relative to Hague Standard 96.36

Before beginning on an international adoption, prospective adoptive parent(s) need to understand that fees paid during an adoption are not for the purchase of a child, nor for the guarantee that an adoption will take place. Fees are for services rendered by the adoption agency, and foreign officials and entities, including but not limited to childcare, legal fees, processing fees, etc. For more information regarding the usage of fees, please view the “Adoption Fee Schedule” section on the web page.

Children’s Aid Society does not and will not take part in the abduction, exploitation, sale or trafficking of children.

To view Children’s Aid Society’s Prohibition on Child Buying policy, click here.

Policies and Procedures

Relative to Hague Standard 96.39a(1)

To view Children’s Aid Society’s Adoption Policies and Procedures Manual, click here.

General Eligibility and Costs

Relative to Hague Standard 96.39a(1)

To review general eligibility and costs, visit each individual page under the relevant menu item.

Supervised Providers

Relative to Hague Standard 96.39 a(2)

Hague standards require that we disclose any domestic (in the United States) or foreign supervised providers that we use in conjunction with any Hague convention countries that you can be  expected to work with as well as the usual costs associated with their services. Children’s Aid Society does not act as a primary service provider for any Hague convention countries; therefore, Children’s Aid Society does not have any supervised providers.

Sample Contracts

Relative to Hague Standard 96.39a(3)

Every client must sign an Adoption Contract. We have Adoption Contracts for private/domestic and international adoptions.

Sample Adoption Contract

Agency Placement Information

Relative to Hague Standard 96.39b

Hague standards require that we make available upon request certain statistics on Hague convention country adoptions. Since Children’s Aid Society is not a primary provider for any Hague convention countries, this is not required. However, Children’s Aid Society does keep a database of information that covers the data required by Hague and will be happy to share it upon request. The information is as follows:

  • The number of its 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.

Primary providers of Hague convention countries are also to make available the number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral via the agency. A specific number of children available for adoption is often a difficult task, as many ever changing factors affect these number. The best source for getting a general idea of the number of children available for adoption is through the U.S. Department of State website under their country specific adoption information. Follow this link for information:


 Expected Total Fees

Relative to Hague Standard 96.40

Children’s Aid Society will not intentionally charge prospective adoptive parent(s) fees above and beyond quoted fees unless it is outside Children’s Aid Society’s control. Prospective adoptive parent(s) understand that quoted fees are only estimates and can change with or without notice.

Every client must sign an Adoption Contract for the type of adoption they are pursuing. Items listed on the adoption contract include at least the following fee amounts:  application fee, donation, program fee and any other fees specific to the individual program. Examples of individual program fees would include document translation expense, fees paid while actually in-country associated with the adoption, etc.

Usage of Fees

Relative to Hague Standard 96.40

Agency fees are used to pay for direct and indirect expenses including, but not limited to, staff salaries, utilities, office equipment, maintenance, office supplies, staff training and other expenses necessary to run the agency.

Agency fees may also be used for Special Services such as informational meetings, support groups and other like events.  Informational meetings include things such as Info Nights which are held in the fall and spring of each year as well as adoption classes offered to families.  Support groups are offered once a month depending on interest of participants.  Other events may include, but are not limited to, things such as public relations activities, National Adoption Month Activities, activities for awareness etc.

Country/program fees are generally used by in-country facilitators/government officials for various purposes. Purposes can include, but are not limited to, child care, legal fees, general operating expenses for the facilitator/official, support of the orphanage and/or foster home, medical expenses and translation fees.

Refund of Fees

Relative to Hague Standard 96.40

Children’s Aid Society does not typically issue any refunds. Fees are charged as services are rendered; therefore, prospective adoptive parent(s) are not entitled to any refunds. However, some prospective adoptive parent(s) begin the adoption process as a private/domestic adoption, and then change to a special needs adoption through SWAN (Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network). SWAN pays for prospective adoptive parent(s) to have a home study completed when they are adopting from the state. In the event that prospective adoptive parent(s) have already paid for a private home study and then are matched with a child through SWAN, their home study fee will be reimbursed to them at the time of placement.