Republic of Moldova

Note: None of the children seen on this page are available for adoption.

Our Moldova Program

Children’s House International is excited to once again be licensed in the Republic of Moldova. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Moldova has undergone profound changes, yet there is still a need for adoptive families. Moldova is considered one of the poorest European nations, and many children are orphaned due to illness and poverty. Our program works to place children primarily of preschool and school age with loving families. We are ready and excited to help answer any questions you may have.

Why Children’s House International?

Children’s House International values a relationship with their families. Each employee wants to create a bond of trust with each and every family. Adoption is an emotional, exciting, and personal journey. We want to be there cheering along in times of excitement and help you in times of stress. For over 36 years, Children’s House has had programs worldwide and acquired experience in International adoption and is excited for this new program.

Adoption Forms and Fees

For more information including our application, agency retainer agreement and financial agreements and statistical information on: the number of adoption placements per year for the prior 3 calendar years, the number of placements that remain intact, the number of families who apply to adopt each year, and the number of waiting children eligible for adoption, click here.

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Adoption Process

  • Complete an intake call with the International Specialist. This is to verify that you qualify for the Moldova program
  • Send CHI your completed Application and Application Fee, along with your signed Agency Retainer Agreement, Financial Disclosure Agreement, and all other contractual forms
  • Begin your Home Study; take Adoption Education Courses and read suggested educational materials. If you live in Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, or Washington, a CHI social worker will complete your home study. If you live outside these states, we will help you find a local agency social worker to prepare your home study. Because Moldova is a member of the Hague Convention on International Adoptions, a home study completed by an agency who is Hague accredited is required. The social worker completing your home study will visit you and your family, conduct thorough interviews, education your family on adoption issues, review the required paperwork (birth certificates, marriage license, divorce decrees, etc) and then prepare a detailed report. These reports are typically between 7-10 pages in length.
  • File the I-800A with USCIS. Once your home study is complete, you will file form I600A, along with other supporting documents with U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS). During this process, which typically takes 2 months from start to finish, you and your spouse will be fingerprinted through the FBI and the home study and other documents will be reviewed by USCIS. Your approval will be mailed to you. This approval is one of the requirements in order for your adopted child to obtain a visa and be able to enter the U.S. Also, if you don’t already have them, obtain your passports. If you already have them make sure they will not expire during your adoption process.
  • Gather Dossier documents and forward Dossier to CHI. The dossier is a collection of all the required paperwork for your adoption file that Moldova government will review. CHI will send you detailed instructions on dossier preparation at the beginning. This can take anywhere from several weeks to months to compile.
  • Your completed dossier will be sent to Moldova for translation and seals. It will then be submitted for approval.
  • Time from dossier approval to referral varies according to the age and or special need requested.
  • Upon acceptance of the referral, an I-800 is filed with USCIS to determine the adoptability of the child. Travel takes place subsequent to USCIS approval.
  • Within 2-4 months after accepting a referral, you will travel for your first court date and meet your child. In the second visit, generally 3-4 weeks later, you will finalize the adoption and obtain an immigration visa for your child at the US Embassy in Chisinau . Throughout the process, Children’s House International provides bilingual translators and trusted, in-country representatives to ensure a smooth, speedy adoption.
  • Families travel for first trip of bonding period that is at least 30 days but can be up to 45 days, after the bonding period family may return home to wait for a court date. Your child’s case worker will submit a report to the court for a judge to review and a court date will be set. This takes approximately 4-6 weeks and your court date will be approximately 2-4 weeks later. After a judge approves the adoption you can expect to bring your child home in approximately 6-8 weeks.

With all adoption programs it is only an educated guess on how long the process truly will take. At the moment, a family could expect a child to be home with them within 24 months of starting the home study process, however, it could take longer if problems or delays arise in any part of the process.

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Children Available For Adoption in Moldova

Families should be prepared to adopt an older child in Moldova. Baby referrals are not usual. Children range in ages from 18 months to 17 years. Children with no identified special need will be older, or be part of a sibling group. Children of all ages with an identified special medical need are also eligible for adoption.

Adoptive Parent Requirements

Approved Home Study

An approved home study ensures that all of the Moldova requirements for families are met in the home study process. The home study begins with adoptive parent education and a thorough evaluation of your family that will include several background clearances, medical evaluations and financial stability. Your home study is the foundation on which USCIS and in country approvals for international adoption are based. They enable adoptive parents to learn, reflect, and prepare for parenting. It involves opening your hearts, minds, and home to a social worker through a series of meetings and also provides the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

USCIS Immigration Approval

USCIS immigration approval (this includes FBI fingerprint results) is required for all international adoptions. Moldova is a Hague Country so the I800A form should be used. This approval allows your newly adopted child to receive a visa from the US Embassy, enter the US, and become a citizen.

CHI always suggests families re-adopt their child once they return home. This gives the family another adoption decree from the USA and a local State birth certificate.

Post adoption reports are required by CHI and the country where the child was adopted. These reports are written by a social worker and include pictures. The Republic of Moldova requires 6 post adoption reports written by a Social Worker, and then annual reports written by the family.

Moldovan Government Requirements

Both married couples and single women can adopt from Moldova. However, at least one member of the couple must be under 50 throughout the entire adoption process. The following documents are required to adopt from Moldova: an International Home Study approval, an I-800A CIS approval, and at least two in-country trips. A list of other documentation will be provided upon entering the program.

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Waiting Children

Moldova maintains a list of children eligible for international adoption, this list is made available to CHI. Children can only be matched to a family once their dossier is registered with the Ministry, so we encourage prospective adoptive parents to act quickly if they wish to adopt a child from that list of eligible children.

“We’ve adopted four daughters. #1 and #4 were through CHI. CHI is exceptionally responsive and they are also confidential RE you and your info. The other agencies were “okay” but we would not want to repeat those experiences.” – Goodwin Family

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Country Facts

An Eastern European country land locked between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is a temperate country that often flies under the radar. Gently rolling hills are characteristic of the landscape, with Chisinau, in the central part of the country, as the capital. One of the more productive agricultural regions, Moldova is especially known for its wine culture. The drought in 2006 and 2007 made it difficult on the Moldovian economy. However, in 2011 their growth rate was 6.4% and the country is approaching middle-class status. Over 90% of the country is Orthodox Christian. Since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Moldova has made integration with Europe a priority, and continuously works towards the goal of EU membership.

  • Literacy rate: 99.1%
  • Average life expectancy: 69.5 years
  • Area: 33,851 sq km (13,070 sq mi)
  • Unemployment: 6.7%
  • Population: 3,656,843
  • GDP per capita: $3,400
  • Language: Moldovan (virtually identical to Romanian), Russian, Gagauz (a Turkish dialect)
  • Population below poverty line: 26.3%

(from CIA World Factbook)

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