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Click on the map for an easy way to find a home study preparer in your state
We’ve created this clickable map so that you’ll have a place to start when searching for a home study agency. This is not a list of every agency, but these are a few that our families have used in the past.

Dillon offers home studies in California, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. If you live in a state where we are not licensed, this means that Dillon can be your placing agency, but you’ll be working with a local agency to prepare your home study, which then will be submitted to Dillon.

Please do not start your home study until:

  • your home study provider has entered into an agreement with Dillon
  • and your home study application has been approved by Dillon International

Mission trip to Korea

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Dillon Korea tour coordinator,
Dukkyung Um
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Saturday, Oct. 22
Depart for Seoul

Sunday, Oct. 23
Arrive at Incheon airport
Check in at hotel
Brief orientation
Rest/group welcome dinner

Monday, Oct. 24
Visit Eastern Welfare Town in Pyeongtaek
Harvest pears for children of Eastern Welfare Town
Group lunch
Spend time with children at Jacob’s Home
Dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 25
Visit Eastern Social Welfare Society
Tour Eastern office, Babies Home
Group lunch with Eastern staff
Meet with foster families, file reviews
Hold babies at Eastern Babies Home
Cook for single mothers and children at Sangmyungnuri Shelter
Group dinner

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Prepare lunch box and deliver to seniors living alone
Spend time with children at daycare center at Sodaemun Community Center
Group lunch
Teach English to children at after-school program
Nanta Performance
Dinner

Thursday, Oct. 27
Trip to Seoraksan Mountain
Lunch
Tour and hiking at mountain
Check-in at hotel
Group dinner

Friday, Oct. 28
Visit fish market and ocean port on the Eastern coast
Group lunch
Travel back to Seoul by bus
Dinner

Saturday, Oct. 29
Holding babies at Eastern Babies Home
Lunch
Spend time with children at group home for elementary-aged children at Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do
Group dinner

Sunday, Oct. 30
Attend church service (optional)
Lunch
Tour Seoul Tower
Tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace with local students
Insadong tour
Group dinner

Monday, Oct. 31
Service work at Saerongi Saenami Shelter maternity home for single mothers
Lunch
Spend time serving North Korean refugee college students
Group dinner

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Free day
Farewell dinner

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Depart for U.S.

Contact us to reserve your spot

We hope you will join us for a trip of a lifetime, both serving the children, mothers and students in Korea and enjoying the sights of this beautiful land.

 

Adoptees, adoptive families and anyone interested in serving the people of Korea will koreaserve2not want to miss this Sharing Hearts Mission Trip.

We will be serving babies, children and adults at Eastern Social Welfare Society’s facilities.

You’ll have a great time teaching English and songs to children and deliving lunch to senior citizens.

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Every Dillon trip features small group size for more individualized attention and staff with adoption sensitivity.

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For questions, email us or call 918-749-4600.

 

Adoption Guide

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ad guide iconIf you’re considering adoption, the Adoption Guide is the place to start.

It contains country program information, family requirements and our agency policies. The latest version has just been uploaded, so we hope you’ll find the answers to many of your questions.

Also, we encourage anyone thinking about adoption to attend one of our one-hour webinars.

 

Happy Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is a day to show appreciation and love to the man who provides, loves and supports his family unconditionally. A father’s love is like no other.

My dad, Randy Rodgers, is my main supporter, comedian, storyteller, advisor and so much more. From the moment I was placed into his arms to this day, he has continuously loved me and protected me.

Being an adoptee, Father’s Day does awaken some curiosity about my birth father. I wonder which genes and traits I got from him. I wonder what life would be like if I wasn’t adopted. But these unknowns are outweighed by the countless blessings my adoption has brought me.

One thing that I have learned and admired about my father is his faith. He has taught me a love that cannot be broken. This love has guided my life and helped me understand these events in my life.

About two years ago, I was able to go on the Dillon Birthland Tour to China. I was very excited, yet a little nervous. This trip would give me some solitude with my unanswered questions about my adoption.

It felt surreal being able to walk the streets of my hometown. I also got the privilege to go to my orphanage that was relocated, and from there, I got to look at my adoption files.

I was found August 1, 1998, by a shop owner who lived near the orphanage. That hot August evening, the shop owner couldn’t fall asleep and happened to hear something outside. Realizing the noise was a cry from an abandoned baby, she went outside, and there was a baby in summer clothes. Luckily, the birth date was on the outside of the clothes. And then, the next day, she delivered me to the orphanage.

In that moment, I was filled with so many emotions that I couldn’t express it, not even with tears.

Calling this day emotional was an understatement. I also had the opportunity to visit the original site where my orphanage was. Although the orphanage building had been torn down, I got to take a piece of the building as a souvenir. To this day, I still have that piece of building as a reminder—that of my past that has brought me to my future.

While we were at the original site, I was able to post a sign that my parents and I made beforehand. The sign had my referral picture on it along with a short message saying who I was and that I was adopted into a loving family in America.

This trip not only gave me so much clarity about who I am and where I came from, but also it allowed me to add more to my story, as well as build stronger ties to my family, adopted and blood.

This Father’s Day I will keep in mind both my adoptive and biological fathers and the sacrifices they have made and the new journeys we have taken.

allyson2By Allyson Rodgers. Allyson is a China adoptee and just graduated from Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Ark.

The joy of boys

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“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start,” Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Brother ProudI often feel like this is the cry from my two wild things when we hit the back door each evening upon arriving home from work and school.

Yes, it can be wild. After all, there are Legos to build, a world that can only be saved by the heroics of superheroes, and stuffed animals who need to be cared for in the imaginary pouch of a kangaroo (otherwise known as a pillowcase).

There is always a wild rumpus at our house and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

They are as tender as they are wild. I love to hear them say, “I love you Mommy!” and see them running to me with open arms for every scrape and booboo.

Oh, how my heart melts every time my youngest brings me “flowers” from the yard for my “wedding.”

Seriously, is there anything cuter than a little guy in his Cub Scout or soccer uniform?

I just might be “that Mom” who cheers the loudest while watching my son’s Pinewood Derby car cross the finish line.

Saturday morning soccer games and hot summer days spent at the baseball field all come with the territory with boys.

I am constantly amazed at their curiosity and passion. We have the best time exploring wherever their latest curiosity and passion take us. Be it superheroes, trains, race cars or loud music, it all brings fun.

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Don’t even get me started on the joy of brothers. Seeing them cuddled on the couch taking in their favorite cartoon or hearing them giggle in sheer delight at the latest adventure they are exploring makes me so happy that they have each other to share life with. Really, there is no buddy like a brother.

I love being a boy mom!

Every boy deserves to have a family who will nurture his “wild side.”

An extraordinary privilege

However, many boys who find themselves orphaned spend lots of time on a waiting child list in an orphanage or foster care just because of the simple fact that they are a boy.

Around the world, being orphaned and being born a boy is one of the most difficult hurdles to cross when it comes to a child finding a forever family.

On a list of waiting children, often times the girls are chosen first while the boys continue to wait.

Theories abound as to why this is true. Maybe girls are perceived as sweeter-natured than boys, making them somehow easier to raise.

Or maybe mothers have dreams of frills and princesses.

Whatever the case may be, as a general rule, girls are preferred.

Although the thought sometimes overwhelms me, I consider raising the next generation of husbands, fathers and leaders to be an extraordinary privilege.

Right now, there are boys who wait and pray for a family to call their own. Would you open your heart and consider if you are the answer to their prayer?

Emily Williams, Dillon Korea Mom to two awesome boys

Want to learn more about adoption? Join us for the next adoption webinar!

Coaching

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Dillon has just launched a new Coaching program as part of our Clinical Services.

Many parents want some extra tools to help them help their child with better discipline, routines or boundaries.

Whatever your situation, Dillon International’s coaching program may be able to help. We can even help a family before their adopted child comes home to prepare to meet that child’s individual needs.

As part of our Lifetime Support Services department, coaching is independent from our adoption program. All client coaching is 100 percent confidential, and your sessions will never be shared with your adoption caseworker.

Coaching can be done online or over the phone, with the participant and coach meeting weekly or episodically for a varying number of sessions depending on the situation. Coaching is open to any adoptive parent or any adult adoptee, regardless of the adoption agency and regardless of whether the adoption was international, domestic or through foster care.

What’s the difference between Coaching and Counseling?
  • Coaching is about achievement; therapy is about healing.
  • Coaching is about action; therapy is about understanding thoughts and behaviors.
  • Coaching is about transformation; therapy is about functioning.
  • Coaching is about momentum; therapy is about safety.
  • Coaching is about intuition; therapy is about feelings.
  • Coaching is about joy and fulfillment; therapy is about moving towards happiness.
  • Coaching is about performance; therapy is about progressing.
  • Coaching is about synchronicity; therapy is about timing.
  • Coaching is about attraction; therapy is about protecting.
  • Coaching is about creating; therapy is about resolving.
Meet the lead coach

Jynger Roberts is a master’s level social worker and has worked at Dillon International for 15 years.

She is on the credentialing path of the Institute for Life Coach Training and is working toward certification by the International Coach Federation. In her personal life, she is the mother of three children, including a daughter who was adopted internationally.

As a coach, she loves to help families set goals, reach them and build momentum for future success.

Dillon also offers a free 15-minute phone assessment to determine whether you’d be best served through coaching or counseling.

To set up a free assessment, please fill out the form below.

Counseling news

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lisa.leungWe are very happy to announce that Lisa Leung has completed the Level One Theraplay® training, which qualifies her to do individual and family therapy based on Theraplay principles.

Dillon’s counseling services are separate from the adoption unit, and all cases are confidential. We realize that families may not want their adoption social worker to know that they’re seeking counseling.

“We keep these services separate because we want families to feel that they can come to us without any judgement at all,” Leung said.

The most common issue for adoptive parents is guidance in responding to an adoptee’s emotional, behavioral, and developmental concerns.

Other issues experienced by adoptees and adoptive parents include understanding adoption, racial issues, relational challenges, school problems, aggression, trauma and identity formation.

Children of any age can benefit from Theraplay principles because it encourages playful, healthy interaction between parents and children.

Adult adoptees may experience similar issues. We want to help navigate their adoption journey as well, although the counseling techniques will vary.

Leung is the director of the Lifetime Support Services Department and has worked at Dillon International for six years. She graduated with a master’s degree in social work in May and is under supervision to provide counseling.

Counseling is offered in Dillon’s Tulsa, Okla., office.

We also offer a free 15-minute phone assessment for families in other areas of the country to provide feedback and referrals to professionals in their area. For a free assessment, call 314-576-4100.

Theraplay is a registered service mark of The Theraplay® Institute, Evanston, IL.

See India with us!

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I am so excited to be going on the tour this December and taking my daughter on her first trip back to India!

My first trip to India was when I was 19 years old, and I traveled with a missions group to south India. That trip and India impacted me in a way that I cannot explain, and I knew in my heart that India would always be a part of my life.

Since then, I have had the opportunity to travel to India many times; first as part of missions groups in college and then as part of my job during my 11 years working with the India program at Dillon.

tamiHowever, the two most important trips to India I have taken were in 2007 and 2010 when my husband and I traveled to adopt our daughter and then our son.

When we chose to build our family through intercountry adoption, we knew that some day we would take our children back to their birth country, so that has always been part of the big picture.

My oldest daughter, Raina, has been expressing a desire to see India for many years. It has always been important to her, and although some children may not be ready until they are older, she is very ready as an almost-10-year-old.

She has many questions about the first year of her life, and although I can provide pictures and some answers, it does not provide the tangible experience of being there.

I believe this trip will not only be exciting for her as she experiences travel and new things, but also that it will provide her with more of a sense of her own story and her own history while also getting to experience being in the majority and learning about her birth culture.

I am also very excited that India adoption program director Jynger Robers will be there, as well, and I look forward to the fun of sharing this adventure together with our daughters!

I hope other families will join us as there is true value in adoptees experiencing this trip together as a shared experience.

By Tami Davidson, Dillon India mom

Vision trip to Haiti

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Why go on a vision trip to Haiti?

“Because it’ll change your life. It changed my life,” said Lisa Leung, Dillon International’s post-adoption service coordinator. “It will really change how you see the world. You get to be a small part of a really big vision.”2012Haititour9

This fall, families, individuals and groups can participate in a Dillon International vision trip November 22-29.

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Trip participants will experience a perfect blend of a service project, seeing an international nonprofit in action, and having a fun vacation on the beach and in the mountains.

The trip will focus on the beautiful sights the island has to offer, along with visiting our international partner in Haiti, the Foundation for the Children of Haiti, including Rainbow of Love Nursery and Haiti Home for Children, which helps those ages 8 to 16.

The tour is open to any individual, family or group … not only Haitian adoptees. For adoptees, we usually can arrange a visit to the former orphanage.

The Vision Trip will be a perfect mix of service to the children of Haiti, witnessing the work of a Haitian nonprofit agency, and having a fun vacation.

There will be beach getaways, a shopping trip to the mountains and other activities meant to give you a wider view of Haiti than you would get at a single resort or trip to the capitol city.

“It’s definitely a gorgeous country. There is beauty amongst the hardship,” Leung said.

Much progress has been made since the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010, she added. “You see a lot of hope, a lot of people working hard toward a better future; but there is still so much to be done.”

Come make a difference with us! You can request an information packet online or email us with specific questions.

Request additional information in the form below.

Tour India with Jynger!

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jyngerI’ve traveled to India about 15 times since I’ve been a social worker at Dillon International, but I’ve never been as excited about a trip as I am about the birthland tour with my daughter this winter.

In the past, all my trips have been to visit our partner orphanages, attend conferences, and to receive Kylea, when her adoption was final in 2003.

But the Taj Mahal? Never seen it.

jynger and kylieMother Teresa’s tomb? Never been there.

The Victoria Memorial? Never been inside.

So you can imagine how excited I am not only to be leading the Dillon International Visit India tour over the Christmas and New Year holiday, but also to take my daughter back to see her native land.

She has asked so many times when she will get to go back with me, and that time has finally come. I know that some parts will be very difficult, such as seeing the extreme poverty in India. But I know there will be so much joy when she visits her former orphanage, is greeted by her former caregivers, and learns even more about her own history.

I’m just as excited to be with other families – some I’ve known for years and others I will have just met on the trip – as they retrace their adoption steps and learn more about their children’s early days in India.

I hope if you have a child, niece, nephew, grandchild or friend who was adopted from India that you’ll tell them about the tour. Even better, I hope you’ll volunteer to accompany them on this life-changing adventure. Dillon encourages every adoptee to go back to see their land of birth at least once.

People always ask me what age is right for children to go back. Honestly, it’s different for every child. Some children may be ready at 9 or 10. Others may need to wait until they’re 13 or 14. As for my daughter, she’ll be 14 by the time of the trip, and I know that she’s ready because this has been a trip she has been excited about for the last couple years.

Yes, a trip to the birthland requires courage. But I’ll be there with you every step of the way to provide a social worker’s feedback and a shoulder to cry on. There will be several adoptees that your children will quickly befriend. And there will be other parents and extended family members for you to socialize with.

We will all have a great time!

A lot of us may be receiving tax refunds in the next few weeks. So I hope that you’ll consider using yours toward a trip of a lifetime!

You can read our itinerary here and sign up to receive a travel packet.

And finally, I will be able to see the Taj Mahal with you!

By Jynger Roberts, MSW. Jynger is the director of the India and Vietnam adoption programs and will be leading the India tour, along with local guides.

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