Azione Famiglie Nuove

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS

"Every child needs to live surrounded by the warmth of a family"

Adoption is among the highest forms of care and its effect pervades the whole of society, making it more human and supportive
making it more human and supportive

YEARS OF ADOPTION

COUNTRIES WHERE WE OPERATE

ADOPTED CHILDREN

COMPLETED ADOPTIONS

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ATTEND A FREE INFORMATION MEETING

  • 5 febbraio 2024 ore 17:00
  • 19 aprile 2024 ore 17:00
  • 24 maggio 2024 ore 17:00
  • 27 settembre 2024 ore 17:00
  • 25 ottobre 2024 ore 17:00
  • 22 novembre 2024 ore 17:00

 

The meeting can be held online or in person according to needs

For info write to: adozioni.cosenza@afnonlus.org

  • 7 febbraio 2024 ore 15:30
  • 13 marzo 2024 ore 15:30
  • 15 maggio 2024 ore 15:30
  • 5 giugno 2024 ore 15:30
  • 7 agosto 2024 ore 15:30
  • 16 ottobre 2024 ore 15:30
  • 4 dicembre 2024 ore 15:30

The meeting can be held online or in person according to needs

For information please write to : adozioni.firenze@afnonlus.org

 

  • 5 febbraio 2024 ore 15,00 – 16:30
  • 8 aprile 2024 ore 15,00 – 16:30
  • 10 giugno 2024 ore 15,00 – 16:30
  • 8 luglio 2024 ore 15,00 – 16:30
  • 16 settembre 2024 ore 15,00 – 16:30
  • 11 novembre 2024 ore 15,00 – 16:30

L’incontro si potrà tenere online o in presenza in base alle esigenze

For information please write to adozioni.napoli@afnonlus.org

  • 4 marzo 2024 ore 14:00
  • 6 maggio 2024 ore 9:00
  • 5 giugno 2024 ore 14:00
  • 9 settembre 2024 ore 14:00
  • 9 ottobre 2024 ore 14:00
  • 11 novembre 2024 ore 9:00

The meeting can be held online or in person according to needs

For information please write to: adozioni.lazio@afnonlus.org

The dates of the next information meetings are being finalised.

‘Empty the orphanages’. This is the appeal of Chiara Lubich who, in the founding speech of the New Families Movement, invites families to open their homes to the many children housed in institutes.

Since its inception in 1998, Azione Famiglie Nuove has been looking at the adoptive family. In 2001 it began a process of bringing families closer and accompanying them to the world of adoptions, becoming an authorized body for international adoptions in 2005.

When raising a child within his or her biological family or in an adoptive family in his or her country of origin is impossible, the path of international adoption may be taken to guarantee the child’s right to a family.

Chiara Lubich was struck by the experience of a very young and seriously ill woman, a mother of ten children who did everything she could to give her children a father and a mother. That woman had not sought an orphanage as a place to raise her children, but a family.

It is from this experience that Chiara Lubich’s words and her dream of emptying orphanages come to life, because children need a safe place and the warmth of a family to grow and to heal the wound of abandonment.

According to Chiara Lubich, the family is the seed of communion for humanity and of the welcome that opens to mutual inculturation. In this dimension of the family, AFN focuses its commitment.

As one of our families says, ‘one of the first steps in approaching the international adoption experience is to feel the child’s own country. Love for this faraway land enters our lives, our families, and having known so many children in institutions, we try to live for them too. We feel that through our children we broaden our view of the world. The generative love of a mother and a father slowly replaces the sense of abandonment until they experience with time that they themselves are able to face the future with confidence and hope.”

Over the past 20 years, more than 900 families have made this journey with us, welcoming more than 1,200 children, teenagers and young adults from Europe, America and Asia.

There is still a long way to go to fulfill Chiara’s dream, but the echo of her words is always present in us and moves us every day so that even a minor can find his family and with it rediscover the right to be a child.

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The adoption journey

We are at the side of families in the adoption process to inform, train, accompany, support and carry out the bureaucratic formalities at every stage.

The adoption process

An overview of adoption in the della CAI video CLICK HERE>

The path with AFN

1. Before the assignment
  • Informative meetings | The AFN organization is presented, its operations in Italy and abroad, the steps of the adoption process, the timetable, the costs, and methodology used. Meetings are free of charge and may be couples or groups
  • Couples’ in-depth interviews |To get to know each other better, to reflect on the couple’s availability and resources, to analyze the characteristics of the countries of origin of minors where AFN operates and to identify the possible path.
  • Basic training course | Held by a team of trainers with the aim of providing useful information and tools for embarking on the adoption process. It includes: talks by experts, interactive individual, couple and group work, testimony of adoptive couples.
2. Assignment with identification of the country for adoption

For the couple embarking on the adoption process with AFN, we proceed with the assignment and identification of the country where the adoption application will be filed.

The country is identified on the basis of the requirements of the countries of origin, the characteristics of the couple and the trend of adoptions in the countries of origin.

With the constant support of the agency’s operators, we proceed with the preparation of the documents necessary to file the adoption application with the competent foreign authority.

3. The Waiting

From the submission of the adoption application to the matching proposal, the couple is accompanied by AFN professionals and updated on each step of the adoption application’s progress.

In this phase, the couple is involved in a specific training course carried out with the collaboration of psychologists and/or other experts, on their future role as adoptive parents, the characteristics of the child in a state of abandonment, as well as in-depth knowledge of the child’s country of origin.

4. Matching and Departure

With the formalization of the pairing proposal by the foreign authority, the couple is provided with all the information received from the foreign authority on the proposed child(ren). In view of the departure abroad, the couple is provided with accompaniment in carrying out all the necessary procedures and is offered emotional and psychological support in preparation for the meeting with the child with one or more pre-departure meetings.

Abroad, the couple is assisted all the way by the on-site contact person and his or her collaborators until their return to Italy

5. After adoption

The new family arrives in Italy and the adoption process continues for children and parents.

It is now necessary to carry out the final procedures at the competent Juvenile Court and report to the central authority of the child’s country of origin, for a period that varies depending on the country, on the progress of the adoption.

In addition to the required bureaucratic formalities, AFN continues, in this delicate phase, to offer standard and/or specific coaching by specialized professionals and operators

AFN Office, Cognola (TN) Macroarea B

AFN Office, Florence Macroarea C

AFN Office, Rome Macroarea D

Sede Aversa (CE) Macroarea E

AFN Office, Cosenza Macroarea E

Grottaferrata

OUR HEADQUARTERS

Grottaferrata (RM)

Via Isonzo 64
00046 Grottaferrata (RM)
Tel.: +39 06 97 60 83 33

Email: adozioni.internazionali@afnonlus.org

Cognola (TN)

Via Carlo e Valeria Juelg 9
38121 Cognola (TN)
Office Manager: Patrizia Nardella
Tel: 3938796402
Email: adozioni.trento@afnonlus.org

Firenze

Via di Barbano 14
50129 (FI)
Office Manager: Lucideia Pastana de Sousa
Tel. 055 48 42 12; 3929476265
Email: adozioni.firenze@afnonlus.org

Roma

Via Salaria 44
00198 (RM)
Office Manager: Rita Caserta
Tel: +39 06 399 14 455; 3939011694
Email: adozioni.lazio@afnonlus.org

Aversa (CE)

Via della Libertà 29
81031 (CE)
Incaricata di sede: Annalisa Giordano
Mob +393 8795506; Tel. 081/3934375

adozioni.napoli@afnonlus.org

Cosenza

via Giuseppe Verdi n. 33/A scala B
87036 Rende (CS)
Office manager: Mariella Rende
Tel: + 39 0984 485556; 3938795630
Email: adozioni.cosenza@afnonlus.org

We are authorized to operate in 4 Macro-areas:

Macroarea B: Lombardia, Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia;
Macroarea C: Emilia Romagna, Toscana, Umbria, Marche, Sardegna;
Macroarea D: Lazio, Sardegna, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania;
Macroarea E: Campania, Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata, Sicilia.

To find out all the details and costs of the AFN adoption process, please read the following documents:

Family formation

AFN’s experience with adoptive families confirms how indispensable the accompaniment of parents and the presence of a network is.

This is why courses are created and evolving for all adoptive families who wish to discuss and be supported by experts who can offer the necessary tools to face the challenges that all children present to us.

During the waiting period, the couple is involved in a training process through multiple activities such as thematic group meetings with workshop activities and couple talks.

After the adoption, the new family can count on a path of accompaniment to acquire pedagogical-educational support tools and methodologies, to foster the relationship between parents and children, to help with integration in the social context, along with an appreciation of the culture of the child’s country of origin.

In addition, AFN can offer additional specialized support for individual families facing particular parenting issues before, during and after the arrival of a child.

 

Other projects:

Our numbers

* Suspended assignments: personal and family reasons, national adoption.

Dati aggiornati al 20/05/2024 Pending appointments Suspended appointments (*) Total appointments of which ‘with matching’ of which ‘couples in foreign country’ COMPLETED ADOPTIONS
NUMBER OF COUPLES NUMBER OF MINORS
COLOMBIA 13 2 15 2 1 1 1
PHILIPPINES 2 1 3 2 0 1 1
LITHUANIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VIETNAM 22 1 23 0 0 8 8
Total 37 4 41 4 1 10 10
Dati aggiornati al 26/05/2024 2024 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
COLOMBIA 2 4 2 4 0 0 0 1** 0
PHILIPPINES 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
LITHUANIA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VIETNAM 9 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1**
Total 11 15 3 4 0 2 0 1 1

* active contributions

** channel change

BRAZIL COLOMBIA PHILIPPINES LITHUANIA MADAGASCAR PERU’ POLONIA SALVADOR VIETNAM Total
couples minors couples minors couples minors couples minors couples minors couples minors couples minors couples minors couples minors couples minors
2002-2015 71 150 69 107 56 65 124 211 2 3 3 3 25 38 1 1 435 455 786 1033
2016 6 9 4 6 7 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 25 43 49
2017 3 7 3 4 8 9 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 24 26 41 52
2018 2 5 2 5 2 2 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 18 26 34
2019 0 0 4 7 5 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 18 22
2020 3 9 6 9 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 15 24
2021 0 0 2 2 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 11 11
2022 0 0 4 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 17 23 27
2023 0 0 4 7 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 10 17 20
Total 85 180 94 147 85 96 132 224 2 3 3 3 26 41 1 1 535 557 980 1272
Beyond adoption

AFN is part of the coordination authorized bodies Oltre l’adozione OLA

COUNTRIES WHERE WE OPERATE

AFN è attualmente accreditata e operativa operativa in 4 Paesi:
Colombia, Filippine, Lituania e Vietnam.

Colombia
  • Aja Convention 29/05/93: ratified on the 13/07/1998 and entered into force on 11/11/1998
  • Central Authority: Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (I.C.B.F), Avenida Carrera 68 n° 64C – 75 Bogotà. The administrative procedures relating to the adoption procedure carried out with l’ICBF are free.
  • Contact person: Olga Maria Velásquez De Bernal – Mariacatalina Bernal Velasquez (vice). For details and the reference legislation, go to the Country Profile drawn up by the CAI in collaboration with the authorized bodies CLICk HERE
  • AFN has been present in Colombia since 1998 with the distance support project

Philippines
  • Aja Convention 29/05/1993: ratified on the 02/07/1996 and entered into force on 01/11/1996
  • Central Autorithy Autorità Centrale: Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB), #2 Chicago corner Ermin Garcia Sts. Barangay Pinagkaisahan Cubao 1111 Quezon City.
  • Contact person: Angelo Puertollano For details and the reference legislation, go to the Country Profile drawn up by the CAI in collaboration with the authorized bodies CLICCA QUI
  • AFN has been present in the Philippines since its establishment with various sponsorship projects

Vietnam
  • Aja Convention 29/05/93: ratified on the 01/11/2011 and entered into force on 01/02/2012
  • Central Authority: Department of Adoption (Ministry of Justice), 58 – 60 Tra Phuc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.
  • Contact person: Do Thi Thuy. For details and the reference legislation, go to the Country Profile drawn up by the CAI in collaboration with the authorized bodies CLICCA QUI
  • AFN is present in Vietnam since 2001 with the distance support project
Lithuania
  • Aja Convention 29/05/93: ratified on the 7/11/1997 and entered into force on 01/08/1998
  • Central Authority: State Service for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and Adoption at the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Labor, A. Vivulskio g. 13 – LT 03221 Vilnius.
  • Contact person: Vilma Banytė

For details and the reference legislation, go to the Country Profile drawn up by the CAI in collaboration with the authorized bodies CLICCA QUI

AFN is present in Lithuania since 2003 with the distance support project