Psychological Adoption Evaluations

International adoption can be a long and daunting, emotional and expensive journey.  And just when you thought you were making progress, now you have to complete a psychological evaluation on top of everything else!  At its best, a request for an evaluation can be nerve-racking and intimidating.  At its worst, the evaluation poses yet another roadblock between you and your child.  But it doesn’t have to be this way!  My goal is to make this process as efficient and painless for you as possible.

Why Do You Need a Psychological Evaluation?

Many countries currently require the adoptive parents to complete a psychological evaluation before the adoption is authorized. Thus far, Dr. Reutter has helped dozens of US families adopt from the following countries: China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Haiti, India, Nicaragua, South Korea and more!

What to Expect

Dr. Reutter specializes in providing thorough, prompt psychological evaluations for international adoptions.  This process can vary according to the requirements of different country programs or agency guidelines, but will most likely include some combination of the following components: clinical interview, review of home study, developmental history, consultation with adoption agency, and the administration of at least one psychological assessment.

Dr. Reutter’s services are irreplaceable. He is patient, bilingual, and a great listener.

— Adoptive Family

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much will this process cost?

The cost of each evaluation is $500 per spouse. This fee covers the entire process, from start to finish.

How long will this process take?

As soon as I have all of your required paperwork, I will make every reasonable effort to schedule the assessment process within one week.  Once that’s completed, I will make every reasonable effort to produce a final report within one more week.  Therefore, this entire process from start to finish should take two weeks or less.  The biggest and most frequent hang-up in this process is the turn around time in getting your adoption agency to review the final report.

Is it possible to "fail" a psychological evaluation?

The purpose of this process is to identify any unresolved issues in your life which may hamper your ability to parent effectively.  If any such issues are identified in this process, I will work with you either directly or through referral to make sure these issues get resolved so that you can move forward with your adoption.

What does this process entail?

Depending on the requirements of your target country and/or your adoption agency, this process will most likely include some combination of the following components: clinical interview, review of home study, developmental history, consultation with adoption agency, and the administration of at least one psychological assessment.

Why are some adoptive parents required to do this and some are not?

 Some countries (such as Colombia) require all adoptive parents to complete psychological evaluations, while other countries (such as China) may only request an evaluation when certain themes get flagged in the home study (e.g., previous counseling, past abuse, or the current use of psychotropic medications).

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, insurance companies do not cover psychological evaluation services for adoptive families

Will my evaluation remain confidential?

Absolutely.  However, as with every psychologist, I am legally required to report child abuse, elder abuse, and dependent adult abuse.

How many states are you licensed in to provide psychological services?

At this point, unfortunately, I am only authorized to provide psychological evaluations to clients who are physically located in the states of Texas or Ohio at the time of the evaluation.

Paying Options

  • Psychological Evaluations are $500 per spouse
  • Private pay only (cash, checks, credit card)
  • No insurance options available at this time!

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