Frequently Asked Questions

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At Beacon House we believe that adoptive parents should make an informed decision every step of the way. No question is too big or small.

Contact us 24/7 for answers to all your questions. Here are a few of the questions we are most frequently asked.

  1. How old are the children available for adoption?
    In Russia, children become available for international adoption after they have been placed on the local and federal adoption registry for a period of 8 months. Children range in age from approximately 9 months to 15 years.
  2. Are both girls and boys available for adoption?
    Yes. More boys are placed for adoption than girls in Russia, but girls and boys are adopted in fairly equal numbers. Beacon House has placed many young toddler girls for adoption in the past few years and we continue to locate girls under 3 years of age in less than 9-10 months. For families who wish to adopt boys, there is little wait to be matched.
  3. Who can adopt?
    Both Singles and married couples may adopt. The general rule is that parents must be married a minimum of 1 year. A general but somewhat flexible rule is that parents should not be more than 45 years older than the child they adopt. Other criteria include health status and criminal background. There can be regional differences that may be reviewed on a case by case basis. See Eligibility
  4. What if I live out of State, can we work with Beacon House?
    Absolutely, Beacon House works with adoptive families nationwide. As needed, we assist families in locating qualified Homestudy providers who meets both BH's and Russia's standards of service.
  5. What is the timeframe for Russian adoption through Beacon House?
    The average time frame for adoption through Beacon House is 9-15 months. Our international case mangers work closely with you to complete your document requirements as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  6. What are the costs of Russian adoption through Beacon House?
    Please see the information packet on this site for a detailed breakdown of our fee schedule. Note; that Beacon House fees include the cost of the required, pre-adoption education courses.
  7. What are the educational requirements that I have to meet?
    Beacon House believes it is critical for adoptive parents to develop an understanding of international adoption and requires families to participate in Preadoption education training. The Hague complaint, ten- hour online training program, Because They Waited from Heart of the Matters Seminars is taken online. There is also a 1-hour webinar, specific to the Beacon House program which families can access throughout their adoption process. These services are provided at no additional cost to families.
  8. What is the difference between Accredited in Russia and Accredited for Hague countries?

    Russian Accreditation
    Russia is not a party to the Hague Treaty on International Adoption. In 2000, Russia developed its own set of regulations for adoption agencies which went into law starting in 2001. Since its inception, Russia has accredited a limited number of adoption agencies. When an agency fails to comply with these standards, it has not hesitated to suspend or revoke accreditation from an agency. At this time, there are approximately 38 US adoption agencies accredited by Russia. Beacon House received its first Russian accreditation in January 2011 and its current, non-expiring re-accreditation in January of 2008. Beacon House has never had its licenses suspended or revoked.

    Hague Accreditation
    The Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption is an international agreement between participating countries. The International Adoption Act in 2006 implemented the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption which went into effect for the United States on April 1, 2008. The Hague Convention ensures that Intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the children, sets forth best practices in adoption, and works to prevent unethical and unlawful adoption practices. Beacon House Adoption is both accredited under The Hague through the Council on Accreditation AND accredited by the Russian Federation for International adoption activity.
  9. Where can I get more information on the Beacon House Accredited Russian adoption program? Who can I talk to?

    International Case Supervisor: or (770) 856-3052
    International Case Manager: or (864) 360-1523
    Agency Director: or (850) 430-4005
  10. Why Choose Beacon House Adoption Services?
    See our Commitment to Excellence.