Mongolia

Adoption Program

Mongolian Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor as well as the Mongolian Immigration department are responsible for adoptions.

**We are currently not accepting applications for this program.**

Overview

Small World is in the process of re-licensing with the government of Mongolia to do adoptions. Until such license is granted Small World is not accepting applications to our Mongolia program. Please contact us before applying to our Mongolia program.

Small World has been placing children from Mongolia into American homes since 2003. Families wishing to adopt from Mongolia can expect a referral in approximately 1-3 years after your dossier is completed. If you are requesting a boy the referral averages 1 year, but if you are requesting a girl the referral averages 2-3 years. Currently, Small World is placing children ages 1 year and up from Mongolia. Throughout the adoption process your child is cared for in an orphanage. Small World’s experienced staff will lead you through the process step by step. Our representatives in Mongolia are English speaking and are dedicated to making your trip to Mongolia an informative and memorable experience.

Please note that as of March 2008, Mongolia is no longer accepting applications from families that have previously adopted from other countries. If you fall into this category, please visit our other country pages for information on all other countries in which Small World provides adoption services.


The adoption process in Mongolia

Small World walks with you through the entire process of your adoption. The Small World employees communicate with you throughout the process of your homestudy and actually do your dossier for you as a service. Small World English speaking Representatives meet each family at the plane upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and guide and accompany you through every step of the adoption process.

You will be in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia approximately two to three weeks. Our representatives will walk you through the entire process in Ulaanbaatar, culminating in your child’s visa from the US Consulate. Small World Representatives will accompany you to the airport for your departure from Mongolia back to your home with your child.

For any further questions concerning our Mongolia program please contact the Mongolia Program Director Jim Savley at jim@smallworldadoption.com.

Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Mongolian Ministry of Social Welfare and Labor are continuing to complete adoption cases for families. Small World continues to work in Mongolia.

Small World has been placing children from Mongolia into American homes since 2003. Families wishing to adopt from Mongolia can expect a referral in approximately 1-3 years after your dossier is completed. If you are requesting a boy the referral averages 1 year, but if you are requesting a girl the referral averages 2-3 years. Currently, Small World is placing children ages 1 year and up from Mongolia. Throughout the adoption process your child is cared for in an orphanage. Small World’s experienced staff will lead you through the process step by step. Our representatives in Mongolia are English speaking and are dedicated to making your trip to Mongolia an informative and memorable experience.

Please note that as of March 2008, Mongolia is no longer accepting applications from families that have previously adopted from other countries. If you fall into this category, please visit our other country pages for information on all other countries in which Small World provides adoption services.


Age

Each applicant must be at least 25 years old. Exceptions to this are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Director when allowed by the specific program to which the perspective adoptive parents have applied.


Finances

Prospective adoptive parents must demonstrate the ability to complete an adoption and to provide proper care for the number of children they are seeking to adopt.


Children

Mongolia does not allow children to be placed in homes of families who have adopted from other countries other than Mongolia. There are no limitations on the amount of biological children in the home or previous children adopted from Mongolia.


Marital Status

Married applicants must have been married for at least 3 years. Single applicants are accepted only when the country allows. Single applicants must be female; no single males are accepted.


Faith

In accordance with Small World’s mission statement, our Mongolia program is open to Christian families only.


Post Adoption

Post Adoption Reports are due at 3 months, 6 months, and once a year until the age of 8, then every other year until the child turns 16 years old. For further information, please contact Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services.

Fees

Fees for Mongolia adoption paid to Small World:

Application  $250
Family Assessment $2,000
Post Adoption Reports (per report, per child) $400
Dossier Fee
(Includes shipping of all documents, Authentication, Registration, and Translation of all documents throughout the adoption process)
$2,400
Agency Fee $6,000

Estimated Expenses for Mongolia Adoption:

Above fees paid to Small World:

Acceptance of Referral (per child) $2,300
CIS Application $720
FBI Fingerprints $170
Foreign Program Fee (per child) $10,000
Travel- 2 adults (estimate) $5,500

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $29,740

Payment Schedule

Application Fee Payment must accompany submission of application.
Services Agreement The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World as the next step after the client’s application has been accepted by Small World. No payment with the Services Agreement is required.
Home Study Fee Payment must be submitted prior to the initiation of Home Study services. The Home Study packet will not be sent and work will not begin until the Home Study fee is paid. Payments for updates are due at the time services are requested. For families residing outside of TN, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Home Study Review Fee All Home Studies are reviewed by our professional reviewers. If your Home Study is prepared by an agency other than Small World, a Home Study review fee of $200 is due at the time Small World enters into a contractual agreement with your Home Study provider.
Agency Fee Payment must be submitted at the time of the completed Home Study. No further work may be performed toward the adoption until the agency fee is received by Small World. The agency fee for each additional child adopted simultaneously with the first child for most programs is eligible for a 50% discount.
Post Adoption Fee Pre-payment of 2 reports, per child, must be submitted with the Home Study fee. The report fee balance, per child, is due prior to travel. The number and frequency of reports required varies by country. Please contact the appropriate program director for report schedules. For families residing outside of TN, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
PAR Processing Fee Post Adoption Reports prepared by agencies other than Small World require a processing fee of $100 per report. PAR processing fees for all reports are due prior to travel.
Dossier Prep & Registration Fee Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing.
Acceptance of Referral Payment to Small World must accompany your “Acceptance of Referral” document for each child.
Foreign Program Fee Unless otherwise mandated by the program country, half of the Foreign Program Fee is due at the time of I800 or I600 approval, and the balance is due prior to travel.

NOTE: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE ONCE INVOICED AND PAID.

**Not all adoptive couples will qualify for the Adoption Tax Credit. Please consult your accountant or the IRS for a complete list of requirements.

Country And Culture

An excellent article on the country and culture of Mongolia: http://conservapedia.com/Mongolia

Facts Mongolia is a country in north-central Asia, between Russia and China. Mongolia’s population is estimated at 2,519,000. The capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar, known as the coldest capital city in the world. Almost eighty percent of the population are Mongols. Minorities consist of Kazakhs, Russians, and Chinese.
Languages spoken in Mongolia include Khalkha Mongolian, Turkic languages, Russian, and Chinese. There are two main religions, Tantric Buddhism and Islam. Mongolia’s currency is tugrik. Mongolia has an average elevation of about 5,200 ft (1,580 m) above sea level. Three mountain ranges stretch across the north and west: the Altai, the Hangayn (Khangai), and the Hentiyn (Khentei). The south and east are dominated by the Gobi Desert. Livestock raising, especially herding sheep, accounts for nearly three-fourths of the total value of agricultural production. Wheat is the major crop. Mongolia’s rich mineral resources include coal, iron ore, and copper. Mongolia is a republic with one legislative house; its head of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister.

History In Neolithic times it was inhabited by small groups of hunters and nomads. During the 3rd century BC it became the center of the Xiongnu tribal league. Turks held sway in the 4th–10th centuries AD. In the early 13th century Genghis Khan united the Mongol tribes and conquered Central Asia. His successor, Ögödei, conquered the Jin dynasty of China in 1234. Kublai Khan established the Yuan, or Mongol, dynasty in China in 1279. The Mongols were confined to their original homeland in the steppes after the 14th century. Ligdan Khan united Mongol tribes in defense against the Manchu, but after his death the Mongols became part of the Chinese Qing dynasty. After the fall of the Qing in 1912, Mongol princes, supported by Russia, declared Mongolia’s independence from China, and in 1921 the Soviet Red Army helped drive off Chinese and Russian forces. The Mongolian People’s Republic was established in 1924. The country adopted a new constitution in 1992 and shortened its name to Mongolia.

(Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online)

Travel

Your trip to Mongolia will occur approximately 3-6 months after the acceptance of a referral. You will spend approximately 15-21 business days in Ulaanbaatar before completing the process with the U.S. Embassy. At this time both parents must travel to Mongolia. As of March 2009 Mongolia requires both parents to be interviewed in person by the Mongolian Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). A Small World family was the first interview with Mongolian INS. Small World Mongolia Program Director Jim Savley accompanied this family and partook in the interview with them. This being the first interview Mongolian INS had ever done with an adoptive couple, the interview was delayed by 1 week, but after the interview was given the process took 1 and a half weeks to complete and was finished smoothly. After this interview the adoption receives the final approval and the adoption decree is issued. The adoptive family will be allowed to pick up the child after the final approval is given. It is then that the new birth certificate, passport and US visa for the adopted child can be obtained. The US Embassy is very flexible with appointments and very supportive of adoptions. In the Mongolian culture people do not make appointments very far in advance. The Mongolian people are very reactive and spontaneous. This makes it difficult to obtain a specific date for the interview with Mongolian INS. It is not unusual for Mogolian officials to change requirements for adoptive families without any advance notice and they do not grandfather cases, it applies immediately to all cases. The Mongolian INS will agree in principle that the interview with the adoptive family can happen a particular day or week, but will not gurantee it. Therefore the interview can be delayed once a family arrives. Small World is commited to working with the Mongolian INS to keep your travel as short as possible.

International Travel can be frustrating for even the most seasoned traveler. Small World’s staff will work to make this a very smooth process for you and ensure that your adoption travel experience is relaxed rather than frustrating.

We give you guidance and information to help with planning your international travel. At Small World, we allow you to arrange the international flight to accommodate your own travel preferences.

Upon arrival in Mongolia, you will be greeted by one of our English-speaking staff members. Each step of the process is arranged for you both for the adoption and your exposure to the Mongolian culture.

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More information on the statistics of Small World’s program is available upon request, including the number of adoption placements per year, number of applicants per year, and number of children eligible for adoption. Please contact the Program Director via the info form to the right of this page if you wish to receive to discuss this information.