International Adoption Psychological
The psychological assessment is a necessary part of
your international adoption process.
While your home study provides your adopting country with
details of you, your life, and your personal history, the psychological assessment provides
significant information regarding your mental health.
Adopting countries want to make sure their children are
going to emotionally, physically, and intellectually healthy homes.
If you are in the process of international adoption you probably have
questions and concerns about your assessment just like I did.
I too am an adoptive parent. I have personally adopted two beautiful
children from Haiti and I know how lengthy and complicated the whole process can be.
Below I have answered some of the questions you might be asking yourself
about your upcoming psychological assessment.
How do I prepare for my international adoption
Many adopting parents feel overwhelmed, fear, and stress as they work
through the adoption process. These feelings, although difficult to face, are completely normal in your
There are a number of reasons for these feelings:
||There are professionals who have the control to say yes or no to
your dream of becoming a parent,
||Almost every detail of your life has been exposed to strangers,
||There is an immense amount of complicated paperwork involved in
It is my hope that by acknowledging these thoughts and feelings you can
normalize your experience to some degree. The international adoption process can be a long journey
in which you will face many hurdles.
As a result, it is very important to take time to relax as
you proceed with your quest to bring home your forever child or children.
Here are a few tips to make your assessment easier:
When scheduling your assessment appointment, it is
important to give yourself enough time to relax before and after. You might want to schedule a fun
or enjoyable activity prior to or following your appointment.
As you think about the assessment, practice being yourself.
It is always best to remember your good qualities, what your strengths are, and to acknowledge that
there is no perfect individual and/or perfect parent.
Talk with other adoptive parents who have completed this
step in the adoption process. They can relate to your thoughts and feeling. If you cannot find
someone locally to discuss your adoption many individuals are now joining international adoption
You may want to take time to discuss your fears and worries
openly with your spouse or with a close friend. Acknowledging these fears and worries out loud can
often dispel them.
How do I make an appointment for my
If you are located in eastern
Canada, you may make an appointment for your international adoption assessment
with Anne by clicking on the calendar to your right. It will take you directly to our secure
appointment scheduling website.
Your international adoption psychological assessment can be
scheduled on Monday afternoons. If Monday afternoons will not work for you
Anne and she will do her best to accommodate
What will I need for my psychological
In order to complete your psychological assessment you will need to finish
your home study and have a copy of your home study for your psychologist to review.
It is not advisable to complete your psychological assessment
before you have completed your home study. While some psychologists will allow it, the assessment will
cost much more as it will take much more time to complete.
What will happen at my international
adoption psychological assessment?
The beginning of the interview will include general fact gathering and a
discussion of confidentiality.
In a psychological assessment confidentiality will look different then in a
typical therapeutic situation as you are requesting a document to submit to other authorities and/or professionals
for the purpose of adoption.
In the next phase of the interview we will discuss issues that are
significant to you as individuals, as a couple, and as a family. You will also be asked about your mental health,
past or present mental health issues, ways you may have addressed or are addressing mental health issues, and how
you see any mental health issues affecting your ability to adopt and/or parent.
In the final phase of the assessment you will be asked to complete formal
What tests will be used in my international adoption
The psychological assessment includes a formal testing process as was noted
in the previous question. These are tests that are used by psychologists, have empirical study behind them, and
look for potential weaknesses and strengths.
They are self-report questionnaires which will give further information on
personality issues, mental health issues, and character strengths. They are not designed to trick you or make you
There are no incorrect answers and should be answered as honestly
Some countries (such as the Philippines) specify what test or tests are
required while some (such as Thailand or Haiti) leave the testing to the discretion of the psychologist.
How long the interview will
The interview will take up to 3 or 4 hours. The appointment will include an
interview and time for formal test(s). Please make your appointment at a convenient time when you will not be
pressed for time.
(As of July 2013, Anne completes adoption asessments on Monday
afternoons. If this time will not work for you please contact Anne.)
How long will it take to get the final copy of the
Once your interview and testing are completed, it will take two to three
weeks for your international adoption psychological assessment to be completed by Anne.
How do I make payment for my
You may pay for your assessment prior to your appointment
or on the day of your interview process.
You may pay with cash, cheque, or you can use PayPal
here and selecting option #3.
Adoption assessments vary in price from $800 to $1200
depending on the requirements of the adopting country.
After making payment by PayPal, you will instantly receive
a PayPal invoice for your records. Anne will then send you an official invoice asap by email
in PDF format.
|You will receive a copy of
your psychological assessment once it has been paid for in full.
Where can I get my assessment
There are many countries that require all of your documents to be
translated into the primary language of that country.
Your psychological assessment will be written in English and it will be
your responsibility (or your agency's responsibility) to have it translated.
There are many excellent translators and you may be surprised at how
inexpensive it can be.
Some excellent and inexpensive translation services can be found at
Freelancer.com connects those who need a project completed with those
who need employment. It is worldwide.
Freelancer can be used short term and is free to post a project.
Click www.freelancer.com or the logo
Click the "Hire" button.
Select "Translate Something"
Click "Post Your Project Free" button
On the next page you will need to create a user name and
You will also need to fill in your project details and click "Post Project
Be sure to specify what you need, your budget and your time frame.
Most translation projects
Click here to see the current
translation projects on Freelancer that are being bid on or completed right now to give you ideas for wording
For help watch this video...
There is absolutely no cost to submit a project. After
submitting your project you will receive many proposals from many different folks around the world. It is best if
you can find someone in your adopting country to do your translating as languages vary from country to
When you find a proposal you like, you can then accept it. Your virtual
worker will complete your project. You will not pay anything until the job is completed to your
Expect to pay between $.02 and $.08 per word compared to the about $.20
plus you will pay in Canada or USA. Payments are usually made thru PayPal.
You can always tip your virtual assitant upon completion of the
project to show your appreciation.
Freelancer will take a percentage as their fee when you make payment to
Check your local
yellow pages for translation services.
Go to Google and search "English to ??? translation" to find suitable translation
Ask the orphanage who most adoptive parents use for translation.
Most countries require the international adoption psychological assessment
be notarized. This can be done by a local lawyer. Many lawyers do not charge for such a service once they find out
what you need the notarizing for.