Waiting Children Program
Thank you for your interest in our WAITING CHILD PROGRAM. A "waiting child," in terms of children for whom we are publicly advocating, is a child to whom we give additional exposure because he/she has not been found by a permanent family, perhaps due to unusual circumstances:
- A "waiting child" may be older (i.e., older than the age of 4).
- A "waiting child" may be part of a sibling group (i.e., a set of 3 or more siblings).
- A "waiting child" may have minor or major significant special need(s).
- A "waiting child" may be partly described by any combination of #1, #2, and/or #3.
We are intentional about sharing only limited information when we advocate for children publicly. In other words, we do not share children's private information (their photos, names, or details of their origins and current locations). We do, however, share some of this information for certain children privately with prospective adoptive parents who understand what they are being entrusted with, and why. (This information is available for any child specified from the list below, upon receipt of a completed information release disclaimer form).
ALL of the individual children and sibling groups for whom we advocate have been listed on the RAINBOW KIDS advocacy website for waiting children. Please take the time to register there to access the listings (keyword- or agency-search for "Illien").
To find out more regarding waiting children for whom Illien is specially advocating to find families, please email email@example.com, or call ou r offices: (404) 815-1599 or toll-free at (888) 831-8841.
Interested families should have a home study or at least be in the process of obtaining a current home study. Please understand that, in order to conform to intercountry adoption policies, before we will release to you any child-identifying photos and medical reports, we must ask you to fill out and return a physically-signed copy of our Waiting Children Information Release disclaimer form (by fax, email, or post). You are also strongly encouraged to complete this free, brief online questionnaire to help us help you more efficiently (submitting this is also a requirement of the release form).
INDIA follows Hague Convention guidelines for intercountry adoptions (please see our INDIA program page for general information). India's standard adoption requirements do have some flexibility when it comes to finding families for children who are older, who are part of sibling groups, and/or who have special needs. Ideally, your family's home study should already be complete if you are inquiring about a waiting child from India. Matt Moliterno is currently directing our India Adoption Program, if you have further questions about adopting from India.
ETHIOPIA has specific guidelines for international adoption (please see our ETHIOPIA program page for general program information). Standard Ethiopia requirements have some flexibility when it comes to families finding children who are older, who are part of sibling groups, and/or who have special needs. Sarah White is currently directing our Ethiopia Adoption Program, if you have further questions about adopting from Ethiopia.
ECUADOR follows Hague Convention guidelines for intercountry adoptions (please see our ECUADOR program page for general program information).. These standard guidelines do have some flexibility when it comes to finding families for children who are older, who are part of sibling groups, and/or who have special needs. Sarah White is currently directing our Latin American Adoption Programs, if you have further questions about adopting from Ecuador.
We share this information to raise the level of awareness of the waiting children as prospective families consider, define, and then build their long-term adoption plan. THANK YOU for your interest in these waiting children!
ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE (INQUIRY FORM) –Get started with an inquiry. With no obligation or cost to you, this form will help us help you.
WAITING CHILD(REN) INFORMATION RELEASE FORM –Fill this out and scan, fax, or mail it back to us with your signature(s) so we can share more information for your consideration!
Click here to learn more about the INDIA Adoption Program.
Click here to learn more about the ECUADOR Adoption Program.
Click here to learn more about the ETHIOPIA Adoption Program.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO PICTURES OF WAITING CHILDREN ON THIS PUBLIC WEBPAGE. TO VIEW PHOTOS, PLEASE SUBMIT THE COMPLETED INFORMATION RELEASE FORM AND SPECIFY (using the Illien-specific "code name") A CHILD/REN WHOSE INFORMATION YOU HOPE TO SEE.