Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Services (PPAS)
Our agency has been facilitating infant adoption and placing children into permanent homes since 1923. We are dedicated to serving both adoptive parents and birthparents. Our friendly and experienced social workers will to assist you in preparing to build your family through adoption. The Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Services program specializes in five types of adoption.
Types of Adoption
International adoption is the process in which a North Dakota family legally adopts a child from another country. The Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Services program offers home study services and post-placement/post-adoption services for international adoptions.
This is a general guide for the process of international adoption as it can vary depending on the country’s specifics related to pre and post placement requirements, travel, and finalization.
- Contact Catholic Charities North Dakota (CCND) to receive a packet of information regarding international adoption and/or to schedule an inquiry meeting to discuss the Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Services and the process of international adoption.
- Choose a country you wish to adopt from:
–The Department of State website can help to provide an overview of each country’s process and specific requirements.
-It is very important to incorporate the child’s culture into your family. It will be beneficial to keep this in mind when selecting a country from which you would like to adopt.
- Chose a primary placing agency that specializes in adoptions from the country from which you would like to adopt from
- Contact the Pregnancy, Parenting, and Adoption Services program to request an application to initiate the home study process and start to gather the required documents. Once all required documents and the application are submitted, CCND will begin the interviews for the home study.
- Complete required training
- Complete the home study
- Submit the I-600A or the I-800 A – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provisional approval
- Submit the dossier – country approval
- Accept a referral for a child – wait times vary depending on country, age of child, and special needs.
- Travel to the country to bring your child home- number of visits and length of visits to the country vary by country requirements.
- Participate in post-adoption/post-placement supervision per the country’s requirements
- Validate or re-adopt in North Dakota
Our Social Workers
Kris Haycraft, Fargo
Kristal Huntley-Egemo, Bismarck
Teresa Wetsch, Fargo
Kristie Urness, Minot
Interested in Infant Adoption or Intercountry Adoption?
Contact one of our agency’s adoption social workers to learn more about the adoption process.
or call 701-235-4457
Post Adoption Resources
Our agency knows that even infant adoption can come with its challenges and we want you to have all the support you need. Whether you’ve adopted from foster care, infant, domestic, or international adoption, or provide guardianship for a youth in your home, we invite you to join the ND Post Adopt Network to connect with others who are also experiencing life after adoption!