The initial application asks questions that help us get to know you and determine whether this agency can help you meet your adoption goals. Initial approval is given upon review of this application and final approval is considered once we have received and reviewed all the information from Application as well as your Home Study. You can begin our online application by clicking HERE.
The Home Study is the document that enables us to determine that you are ready to adopt. A social worker will meet with you 2-3 times, with one of those meetings being in your home. The report from these meetings becomes the document that represents the family to courts and governments involved in the adoption process. In Missouri and Kentucky, we prefer to complete your home study ourselves, as it gives us the opportunity to prepare you for the adoption you desire, and helps us get to know you better as well. In other states where clients have another licensed agency complete their home study, Love Basket will review that home study for $425. Because of recent changes it is necessary that we obtain child abuse clearances from each state and foreign country in which the adoptive parent(s) have lived since age 17.
Stateside Processing Fee
This charge covers our work with adoptive parents including but not limited to: preparation of dossier for processing overseas and help with USCIS paperwork, referral of your child, coordination of placement with our foreign staff, assistance with parent preparation for travel and receiving child, phone, fax, and courier costs. Each country requires you to send periodic progress reports for a specified time after your child arrives home. This fee also includes translation, processing, and courier fees for these reports.
Child Support and Overseas Processing Fees
These fees include the care and support of your Child, as well as the processing of your adoption overseas, translations, attorney and court costs overseas, passport procurement, and work with birth parents in processing your placement.
Parent travel arrangements are the responsibility of the adoptive parent and are paid directly to your travel agent.
Post Placement Services
India: Once your child arrives in the U.S., you must finalize the adoption in your state of residence. Our post placement fee covers the required visits and report preparation to meet this requirement in Missouri and Kentucky.
Home Study Update
By statute, your original home study valid for one year. If placement does not occur during that year, you will need a Home Study Update to satisfy state requirements and to remain on our waiting list. You will need to complete an update application (not as exhaustive as the initial one) and schedule one visit in your home with a caseworker.