Post Placement Process
Congratulations on the arrival (or upcoming arrival) of your child! We know this is an exciting time for you and your family.
If WHFC Conducted your home study
Your social worker will be in touch shortly in order to schedule your post placement visits. At least three will be planned during the first 6 months you are home with your child. Additional visits will be arranged based on state or country specific regulations. Please have ten photos ready to give your social worker at each visit.
If WHFC did not conduct your home study
We will be sending both you and your WHFC partner agency a schedule for the post placement phase. Additional visits beyond those listed on your WHFC schedule may be necessary due to state requirements.
Please continue to let your WHFC social worker or case manager know how he or she can assist you. We are available to provide counseling regarding your child's adjustment, resources for adoptive families, and assistance with any concerns.
The following links are meant to be a guide to your post placement period and the various procedures necessary after an adoption. Please feel free to ask us any and all questions. As you navigate through, it may make sense to bookmark pages you imagine wishing to return to at a later date.
If you have additional questions about any of these items, please feel free to contact us:
For families whose home study was completed by our MA, NH, VT, NY, NJ or RI offices:
For families whose home study was completed by our CT office:
For families who worked with WHFC as a placement agency only:
These are the last steps to completing your child's formal adoption process, but we know adoption is a lifelong journey. We are available to you and your child throughout his/her lifetime. Your WHFC social worker, your WHFC case manager, and our post adoption team are all committed to your family for years to come. We invite you to keep checking our website for updates, events, and resources.
Your social worker will meet with you and your child several times during the post placement phase. While the early days, weeks, and months after your child arrives is a very exciting time, it can also be filled with challenges as you and your child adjust. Your social worker is available as a resource to support and assist you through this time. Here are some articles that have been helpful to families in understanding the post placement and adjustment process.
- Answering the Postplacement Service Question: Why Are We Doing This?
- Top Ten Hits for Successful First Year Parenting
- Post Adoption Depression
Reports written by your social worker will be forwarded to the overseas officials involved in your adoption. This is a very important component of adoption. All nations who turn to international adoption in order to meet the needs of their children continue to be concerned about the welfare of the children who have been placed. Post placement reports are your opportunity to inform your child's country of birth about how he or she is doing. It is important that countries receive honest information about the joys and challenges. This assures the nations that their children are loved and well-cared for and also educates them about the needs of children in their care. Families are asked to provide photos to accompany each report.
The positive stories of loving families who are meeting their children's needs often change how adoption is viewed by overseas governments. Furthermore, continuation of adoption programs in certain countries is often dependent on families providing the required reports. We strongly request that you keep your promise to your child's birth country by honoring this reporting schedule.
Additionally, families are asked to provide two medical forms filled out by their pediatrician - one shortly after arrival and one closer to the 6 month anniversary of arrival. This assists WHFC in understanding the health of children placed through adoption. Please download the medical form using the link in the left-hand navigation.
There are three important additional government documents you need for your child once you are home. Once you finish reading this page, please use the navigation on the left to explore each topic. A common order of obtaining these documents is:
- Local documents for your child: a finalized adoption decree issued by the county court (in most cases) and a state-issued birth certificate
- Proof of citizenship for your child
- Social Security number for your child
Depending on country of adoption and visa type, the recommended order can vary. For case-specific recommendations regarding the order of steps, please consult Jessica or Christina as detailed above. The end goal is to have all documents reflecting your chosen name and the child's US citizenship.
Your Child's Visa Type
In order to understand your plan to fulfill these steps, your first step is to look at your child's visa.
Children who are adopted internationally arrive home on one of four types of visas. Visas granted based on an approved I600 begin with an IR. Visas granted based on an approved I800 begin with an IH. For each (IR and IH), the letters are followed by a 3 or a 4. Please look in your child's passport to confirm the type of visa that was granted.
IR-3 and IH-3 visas are granted when all adopting parents have seen a child prior to the overseas adoption being complete or when certain Hague regulations are met (in the case of an IH-3). IR-4 and IH-4 visas are granted when children arrive under guardianship (as in Korea, Philippines, and sometimes India) or when all adopting parents have not seen a child prior to the foreign adoption decree being issued.
IF YOUR CHILD ARRIVED ON AN IR-4 or IH-4 VISA, YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE A U.S. CITIZEN UNTIL YOU FINALIZE THE ADOPTION IN YOUR STATE OR FOLLOW THE APPROPRIATE STATE PROCEDURE TO VALIDATE THE FOREIGN ADOPTION IN YOUR STATE.
It has been a pleasure to work with you throughout your adoption. On behalf of the Wide Horizons For Children staff, congratulations and best wishes to your family!
Wide Horizons For Children, Inc. provides information regarding procedures for obtaining proof of citizenship, social security numbers, tax identification numbers etc. The intent of providing you with this information is to direct you to the appropriate Government offices to obtain the identification your child will need. It is not intended to substitute for instructions found in Government publications or the policies of individual Government offices. While every attempt has been made to be as accurate as possible, there may be case by case differences. Occasionally, branches of our government update their policies without updating their publications. This can lead to confusion. The tax dependency requirements are complex; you will need to consult a tax professional or the IRS for information on when you may be able to claim your adopted child as a dependent.