Who We Are

Hope International is a licensed, 501(c)(3) non-profit international adoption and humanitarian aid agency. We hold your hand through every step of the process so you providing assistance during each step of the adoption process including filing paperwork, a service most agencies do not provide.

Why We Are Here

All children enter the world with a biological family. However, because of factors like poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, and cultural bias, not all children have a biological family that can raise and nurture them. Hope International unites orphaned children from around the world with parents who long to provide a brighter future for a child. This endeavor requires substantial parent education and support in order to best meet the children’s needs.

Our History

In 1992 Dallas Attorney Carla Calabrese began facilitating international adoptions through A Cradle of Hope Adoption Center in Dallas, Texas.   After spending extensive time in Russia and seeing the plight of Russian orphans, Ms. Calabrese formed a non-profit organization to focus on uniting orphans with “forever” families and to provide humanitarian aid to those children left living in the orphanages.  From this vision Hope International was founded.   Hope International began full-time international adoption work in January 1997. Since that time, Hope has helped over 200 children find “forever families”.

How We Help

Today, Hope provides support and education to those families who have adopted internationally, as well as those who are ready to pursue an adoption. We also provide education and support programs to internationally adopted children in Dallas. Hope can provide home study and post placement/adoption services for most countries.

Reasons to Consider Hope International

Experienced – We have close to 10 years experience in international adoptions, having worked in many countries (Russia, Romania, Ukraine, China, Marshall Islands).  Our coordinators in the foreign countries are also very experienced.

Personalized service – You will get every bit of attention you deserve.

Full-service agency – We provide assistance throughout each step of your adoption (fees include dossier preparation and readoption; a service most agencies don’t provide)

Licensed, non-profit agency – We are staffed with experienced adoption professionals.  The majority of our staff has extensive adoption related experience (10-20 years in the field). The agency was also founded by Carla Calabrese, a member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.  Ms. Calabrese continues to be available to the agency for legal counsel.

Accredited Adoption Agency – Only adoption service providers that have been accredited on a Federal level may offer certain key adoption services for Convention adoptions. When adopting a child from a Convention country, prospective adoptive parents know that their agency has been evaluated by one of the Department of State's designated Accrediting Entities. These Accredited Entities evaluate agencies using uniform standards that work to ensure professional and ethical practices.

Hope is a member of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services.

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