Adoption of US-Born Children By Non-US Citizens - Approved in France, Italy, and the Netherlands

Illien Adoptions International, Inc. is offering an adoption program for the many children living in foster care in the United States. Through this program, US citizens and non-US Citizens will be able to adopt children who are in the custody of Domestic-Public Entities throughout the fifty states. Illien will assist families to prepare the necessary documentation and to identify children who fit within the family's parameters as listed in the Home Study. Illien will communicate with Caseworkers who are seeking families for specific children and will act as an advocate for the child and the family. We look forward to partnering with not only United States' Domestic-Public entities, but also with authorized adoption agencies outside of the United States and their respective Central Authorities as we all work towards a common goal: finding permanent families for the thousands of US-born children without families.

This program will be conducted under the rules and regulations set forth by the Hague Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act, US CIS, and the laws governing each of our fifty states, and has the approval and support from our Central Authority, the US Department of State, as well as from the French, Italian, and Dutch Central Authorities.

What are the demographics of the children available for adoption?
There are children of every age available for adoption; however, US families tend to select the youngest children first. Therefore, children available for intercountry adoption by non-US citizens who do not have major health problems will tend to be older than ten (10) years of age or part of a sibling group. Prospective Adoptive Parents ("PAPs") seeking to adopt children younger than ten need to be prepared to consider a child with some kind of "challenge or potential challenge." Illien will explain and discuss this matter in great detail with the PAPs.

The profile of children in this program can be described as follows:
  • If they are under ten years of age, they are almost always children with some degree of special needs and require some level of special care.

  • If they are ten years old or older, they become more difficult to place because of their age and may or may not require some special level of care.
US children may come from any of the following ethnic groups: Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and any other ethnic group or ethnic mix. There appears to be an equal number of boys and girls. There are siblings groups, large and small. In most cases, siblings will not be separated unless it is deemed to be in the best interest of the children to do so. Note that it is easier to adopt a sibling group of three children under ten than one child under ten. It is easier to adopt children who are not Caucasian because the majority of people who seek to adopt are Caucasian. Many of the children in the U.S. foster care system who are considered adoptable by families abroad have special needs, including medical issues and/or a history of abuse and neglect.

Who is eligible to adopt children from the US program?
Married couples and singles are considered eligible to adopt from the United States. Some US states allow adoption by single men. The French, Italian, and Dutch Central Authorities have accepted to work with this program; however, other Central Authorities may approve applications to adopt from this program, as well.

Prospective Adoptive Parent(s) can have no history of criminal arrests, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, substance abuse, or mental illness.

Prospective Adoptive Parent(s) must have a home study completed in their country of residence approving them to adopt a child or children up through age ten and an approval letter from their country of residence's Central Authority.

If you are a non-US citizen interested in pursuing adoption through the US foster care system, please call the Agency at 941-729-0325 and ask for Debbie Thornton, or contact her by email at
debbie@illienadoptions.org.