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Dillon International, Saint Louis MO

  • Agency Name
  • Dillon International
  • Agency Location
  • One First Missouri Center, Suite 115
    Saint Louis, MO 63141
  • Contact Phone
  • (314) 576-4100
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  • Services Offered
  • Adoption
  • Description
  • Dillon International was founded by Jerry and Deniese Dillon in 1972 to meet the needs of the thousands of vulnerable Korean orphans. Centrally located in the United States, Dillon International is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was the first licensed international adoption agency in the state. Throughout our history, Dillon International has been actively involved in establishing intercountry adoption standards and policies both in the United States and abroad. The agency has helped to establish adoption programs in several countries, including a model foster care program in Korea. Each participating country in the agency’s adoption program has invited Dillon International to help find homes for their vulnerable children. Since our beginning, Dillon International has placed over 6,000 children from developing countries with loving, adoptive families in the United States. Several hundred additional children have been placed with families in their country of birth as a result of Dillon’s efforts. In addition, Dillon International has helped to underwrite hospitals, orphanages and schools in Korea, India, China, and most recently in Vietnam.
  • Adoption Process
  • APPLICATION: This allows our agency to get acquainted with your family and determine if your family meets the requirements for our agency and the U.S. government. We will help you determine which intercountry programs you qualify for, since each of the foreign countries has varying requirements. PRE-ADOPTION WORKSHOP: This is a required online course that prepares your family for what to expect throughout the adoption process, with particular focus on country-specific family requirements and procedures. This course must be completed prior to receiving the Home Study Application. HOME STUDY APPLICATION: This is a collection of documents and information about your family that is required based on state, U.S. and foreign government regulations. The application helps us get to know you better, assists the social worker’s preparation of the home study, and helps your family “rehearse” for dossier preparation. Criminal background and child abuse checks are initiated at this time. The Home Study Application cannot be processed until all requested documents and copies are received. U.S. CITIZEN & IMMIGRATION SERVICES: USCIS determines each family’s eligibility and suitability to adopt a child from a foreign country. The process begins with your family filing the I-600A application (non-Hague adoption) or the I-800A application (Hague adoption) with USCIS. We will provide your family with instructions for filing either form after Application Part 2 is approved. USCIS will inform your family of the location and date to have fingerprints taken for a FBI criminal background check. If approved, USCIS will send your family an approval notice. The I-600A is valid for 18 months; the I-800A is valid for 15 months. Your family must renew either form filed as many times as necessary to ensure the USCIS approval is valid at the time the child’s U.S. visa is issued. INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION SEMINAR: This provides your family an in-depth learning opportunity to explore issues r
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