Services for prospective and established adopters
IAC offers a wide range of services to intercountry adoptive parents both before and after adoption and this part of the site provides information about all of the services we offer. If you are interested in any of our services just click on the link. You might also wish to explore the Resources & Articles pages. There you will not only find useful contacts, but suggested reading and real life stories from both adopters and adoptees.
If you are considering adopting from overseas and are at an early stage in your thinking then our Publications can be of real help to you. Of course every individual has different queries so that aIthough our publications provide you with a sound knowledge base you may wish to speak directly to one of our Advisors on the IAC Advice Line.
Many prospective adopters find it helpful to attend a general Information Day and once they have identified a possible country of choice, one of the Country Workshops. IAC also offers Information Days for Family and Friends which may be of interest to members of your family, friends or to your nominated Guardians.
Once an application has been made to a Local Authority or Voluntary Adoption Agency you will usually be required to attend an adoption preparation course. Some Local Authorities and Voluntary Adoption Agencies refer people to the IAC Preparation Courses.
Once you and your child have returned to the UK you may have new questions and concerns. In addition to the Advice Line which is available to help with any questions after a child has been placed with you, IAC also runs occasional Adoption Support Workshops on such topics as Exploring Adoption with Children, Adoption and Schools, Adoption and the Teenage years and Race, Culture and Difference. Whilst it can be helpful to share ideas with other adopters there are occasions when parents often feel that they would benefit from a personal session to discuss issues that might be arising as the children grow older. The Face to Face Service offers individual sessions where parenting and adoption issues can be discussed with experienced social workers who are also adoptive parents themselves.