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Hague Accreditation

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Dillon International has received notification of its Hague reaccreditation through the Council on Accreditation, as authorized by the U.S. Department of State.

The Hague Accreditation attests that Dillon International is in substantial compliance with the Hague Convention Accreditation Standards. Dillon’s accreditation will expire on March 31, 2021.

The Hague Convention is an international treaty created to ensure that intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of children, and to prevent abduction, exploitation, sale or trafficking of children. In 1994 the United States signed this treaty and agreed to develop regulations and a monitoring process for U.S.-based adoption service providers that work with agencies in countries that signed onto the Convention. Congress passed The Intercountry Adoption Act in October 2000, which serves as the implementing legislation for the United States. The Intercountry Adoption Act names the U.S. Department of State as the Central Authority for the United States and the federal agency responsible for implementing the Convention.

The Intercountry Adoption Act requires agencies and persons providing adoption services in cases involving Convention countries to be accredited or approved, and in July, 2006 the U.S. Department of State named the Council on Accreditation as the only national accreditor for adoption service providers under the Hague Convention.

For more information about the Hague Convention, including a full list of participating countries, please visit the Hague Conference on Private International Law’s website located here: www.hcch.net.

 

Florida licensing

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We are thrilled to announce that Dillon International is now licensed in the State of Florida.

What does this mean for you?

It means that Florida families can now have Dillon as both their placing agency as well as their home study agency.

For Florida families who are pursuing an adoption through a different placing agency, Dillon can do the home study.

Dillon is licensed to conduct home studies in California, Florida, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas.

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

For more information, call Maren Brose at 918.748.5614.

Forever Family Campaign

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 “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
– African Proverb

We are excited to announce our new matching gift campaign for 2017. Eleven Dillon supporters, including our board of directors, have collectively pledged to support Dillon and make an even greater impact in the lives of children and families. From now until December 31, every dollar given to the campaign will be matched dollar for dollar–up to $228,000!

Every gift made to our Forever Family Campaign will assist Dillon in bringing more children home, making more families complete and providing post-adoption support to adoptees and their families.

When we all work together, we can create a lasting treasure for decades to come-the treasure of Family, Love, and Hope. Please consider doubling your gift today through the Forever Family Campaign.


Good news in Haiti!

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Haiti’s central adoption authority, the IBESR, recently released the list of agencies that have been accredited to process adoptions in Haiti for the accreditation period of 2016 to 2018.

Dillon International is thrilled to be re-accredited so that we can continue serving children and families in this wonderful program.

Dillon International began placing Haitian children with U.S. families in 1991.

Children Eligible for Adoption from this Program:

  • Boys and girls ages 2 years and older

Parents’ Ages

  • 30–50 years of age for heterosexual married couples.
  • One parent may be as young as 25 as long as the spouse is between 30 and 50.
  • No more than 15 years between spouses.
  • Single heterosexual women 35-50

No arrest histories allowed.

Length of Marriage

  • Couples married at least 4.5 years for both first and/or second marriages.

Children in Family Prior to Adoption

  • No more than 5 children
Learn more about the Haiti program
Read a blog by a Dillon Haiti mom

 

Catholic families needed

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We have received the files of several children from Vietnam who live in Catholic orphanages.

The centers have specifically asked us to look for Catholic families only for these children.

The children are generally in good health, are active and attend school. One wants to be a pilot. Another wants to be a priest. Another wants to be a teacher. Above all else, they dream of loving families.

Are you a Catholic family who is considering adoption? If so, we would love to talk with you!

In addition to the children in the Catholic orphanages, we are looking for a family for an 11-year-old girl who wants to be a doctor, a toddler who will be 3 next month, and a 5-year-old girl who is deaf. These children are not in Catholic orphanages, and the family’s religion is not a factor.

In general, to qualify for the Vietnam program, both heterosexual married and single applicants between 25 and 55 may apply. Marriage length of 2 years for first marriage or 3 years if either person has been married previously.

Single men may adopt a boy only.

Parents should be in generally good physical, mental and emotional health.

Families from all 50 states may inquire.

To meet the children in our Waiting Child program, click here to receive the user name and password.
If you already have the user name and password, please click here to meet the children.

On each child’s page, there is a form to fill out for families who would like to view the child’s medical and social file. The form goes to our Waiting Child coordinator, who will be glad to contact you.

To contact the Waiting Child coordinator directly with questions, please email nellie@dillonadopt.com or call (918) 748-5619.

Home Study Agencies

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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, Florida, 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

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.

 

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!

Counseling news

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lisa.leungWe are very happy to announce that Lisa Wiedenhaupt 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,” Wiedenhaupt 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 Theraplay 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.

Wiedenhaupt 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.

Haiti reopens!

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bushman2Dillon has exciting news about the Haiti adoption program.

It is reopening as of Jan. 15, and we hope that many children will continue to find families through this program.

Dillon International has been placing children from Haiti with loving families since 1991.

In 2014, as Haiti undertook the immense task of implementing Hague Convention standards, we decided to close the program to new families because wait times were becoming so long and unpredictable.

Since we have continued to see families come home during this time, and as prospective adoptive families have continued to inquire about the program, we have decided to accept new families into the program.

We want families to be aware that the wait times could be 3 to 4 years because of the new procedures within Haiti. However, for families who can be flexible and patient, there are many children waiting who need families.

Generally, children will be between 3 and 14 years old when they come home.

Both boys and girls need families. The children are generally healthy, and families should be open to the needs of a child who comes from impoverished conditions and who has been living in an institutional setting.

For more information, please visit the Haiti page for family requirements.

We invite all interested families to sign up for a one-hour webinar about the international adoption process.

The adoption application is free and online. This is the first step toward welcoming a child into your family.

 

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