Post Placement

Re-Adoption or Validation of Foreign Adoption

Recognition of Foreign Adoption

It can be called many things depending on the state you live in.  Whether it’s recognition, re-adoption, validation or domestication, it is an important step in the post-adoption process.  A validation or re-adoption is the process which families undergo to have their county and state recognize the foreign adoption of their child.  Re-adoption is highly recommended for the following reasons:  

  • During validation or re-adoption, you may legally change your child’s name. This name change will be reflected in the validation or re-adoption court decree and on the state-issued birth certificate.


  • Since federal laws, such as Social Security, may be based upon a state’s underlying law regarding adoption, many U.S. states will not accept a foreign adoption decree or foreign birth certificate in determining an adopted child’s eligibility for social security benefits, but may instead require a state issued adoption decree and state issued birth certificate.
  • The court decree issued by your county/state of residence and the U.S./state-issued birth certificate will be in English. Should you need to prove the adoption throughout your child’s life, it will be easier for you and your child to refer to these documents. It is easier and more affordable to replace a state-issued adoption decree, and U.S./state-issued birth certificate in cases of loss or theft.  


  • An adoption decree and birth certificate issued from your state of residence will confirm your child’s adoption status under U.S. laws, protecting your legal parent/child relationship.   

Colorado Expenses

ExpenseAmountPmt MethodPay ToDue
Application Fee$250Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIApplication submission
Child Abuse Record Search$35/FamilyCheckCO Dept of Human ServiceApplication submission
IAAME Monitoring & Oversight Fee$500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAI (Sent to IAAME)After App Approval
First Program Fee (Includes Home Study)$5,700Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIAfter App Approval
CBI/FBI Fingerprint Search$39.50 per personMoney OrderColorado Bureau of InvestigationAfter App Approval
USCIS Filing & Fingerprinting$775 plus $85/adultCheck/Money OrderUS Dept. of Homeland SecurityUpon I-800A submission
Dossier PreparationApprox. $450-$900Check/Money OrderSecretary of State(s), Chinese Consulate(s)As preparing Dossier
Second Program Fee$5,050Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIDossier Submission
CCCWA Fee$1,270Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIDossier Submission
Third Program Fee$5,500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
CCCWA Post Adoption Translation Fee$300Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Court Validation Deposit$200CheckCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Post Adoption Deposit (Refundable)$450Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Visa to enter China$140 (plus courier fee)Check/Credit CardChinese Consulate via a courier/travel agencyApproximately one month before travel to China
US Domestic & International Airfare$1,000 – $2,000 per traveler (adopted child over 2 requires full ticket)Credit CardA travel agency/airline of your choice

Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure

In China Travel & AccommodationsApprox. $4,000-$4,400 for two adultsACH WithdrawalCCAI (wired to China)Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure
Adoption Registration and Notarization$800 – $1,000CashLocal government in ChinaIn China
Orphanage Donation(Voluntary)Cash or WireOrphanageIn China
Child’s Passport$100-$150CashLocal passport agencyIn China
Food$700 – $800 per coupleCash/Credit CardHotel(s), restaurant(s)In China
Child Physical & Photo$130-$150CashClinicIn Guangzhou, China
Child U.S. Entry Visa$325Cash or CheckU.S. ConsulateIn China
Court Validation Fee$167CheckCounty CourtAfter U.S. Return
Child’s Colorado Birth Certificate$37.75CheckColorado Vital Statistics OfficeAfter U.S. Return
Lutheran Family Services$250CheckLutheran Family Services via CCAIWhen Home Study is approved by CCAI