International Services

In the language of the regulations promulgated by the U.S.Department of State pursuant to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, Open Seas has been functioning as an “Primary Provider” since the day we opened our doors.

As an Primary Provider, the Agency’s international services include adoption preparation and training, home study preparation, and post-adoption services, including on-going counseling as needed, and parent support and training.

As a Primary Provider, Open Seas ensures the provision of all six Hague-defined adoption services, including (1) identifying a child for adoption and arranging an adoption; (2) securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights and to adoption; (3) performing a background study on a child or a home study on a prospective adoptive parent, and reporting on such study; (4) making non-judicial determinations of the best interests of a child and the appropriateness of an adoptive placement for the child; (5) monitoring a case after a child has been placed with a prospective adoptive parent until final adoption; and (6) when necessary because of disruption before final adoption, assuming custody and providing (including facilitating the provision of) child care or any other social service pending an alternative placement.