WACAP stands for the World Association for Children and Parents. Based in Seattle, Washington, the agency also has offices in New York and Wisconsin and is licensed to do home studies in Arkansas, Wisconsin, Conneticut, Iowa, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. The agency has international adoption programs in Bulgaria, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, India, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. They also do domestic adoptions, placing children through the US Kids and Waiting Children programs.
WACAP does adoptions of all levels of openness. This makes WACAP a good place for different types of families looking for all kinds of adoption.
WACAP's online education courses cover a range of topics for both beginning and experienced adoptive parents. Most in-person events are in Washington. Live seminars, also available as webinars online, help families prepare for the adoption process. There are webinars specific to each country's program. Trained social workers offer counseling to families and can provide referrals to specialists if further help is needed. All online and in-person support groups are overseen by a licensed counselor who can offer advice and facilitate discussions.
These programs are intended to find families for children who need them and have various, sometimes significant, special needs. Families in Washington and Oregon can adopt a child age 3 or younger in US Kids (wait time 24+ months). Families living outside of Oregon or Washington should be open to children who are older, are part of a sibling group, or have more significant individual needs. Wait times can be just a few months from approval. Both couples and singles can adopt from US Kids and there are no requirements for a certain religious faith or sexual orientation. To adopt from Waiting Children, prospective adoptive parents complete an application and can find a match with the help of WACAP's Family Finders.
International adoption programs have more stringent eligibility requirements. For example, to adopt in India, married couples should be 25-55 years old, medically healthy, and financially stable. Single women 25-50 can adopt but should be open to a child with significant medical needs. The Indian government accepts applications from heterosexual applicants only. Children are aged 2-preteen. The process involves completing a homestudy, being cleared by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and completing a dossier. After documents have been received by CARA, India's central adoption authority, adoptive families can typically travel to bring their child home within 9-15 months, though it can take up to 3 years.
Adopting through US Kids starts at around $5,000 total. Plus, families can receive monthly foster care payments until an adoption becomes final, often 6-18 months.
International program fees vary. As an example, the India fees are as follows:
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST (INDIA): ~$29,040
Promise Child grants are assigned to children who may take longer to be placed, helping some families overcome the financial barriers to adopting certain children. These grants range from $2,000-8,000. These grants apply to children in WACAP's domestic and international programs. The All Together Now grant of $500 per child is given when a family adopts a group of three or more siblings from Washington state. Aside from these specific grants, WACAP families can use the adoption finance coach and resources, obtain no-interest loans (US Kids), and seek out other sources of financing, like fundraising and employer incentives.
Though the ages of children in the US Kids program range from 0 to age 18, most are over the age of five. Therefore, the wait time to adopt a younger child, especially an infant, is likely to be two years or longer.