International, or intercountry adoption, refers to the adoption of children from a country abroad of the United States. International adoption is a choice made by couples who want to bring a child into their family from another country. Sometimes this decision is informed by a philanthropic drive to provide a loving, financially stable home for a child from a developing country or those affect by a natural disasters or war that leave many children without parents. Other times, adopters may feel adoption laws in another country are more lenient for nontraditional adopters. Most foreign countries also have older age limits for adoption than agencies in the U.S.
It's often said that anyone cleared for adoption will have no trouble with an international placement, particularly from countries, like China, that have placed over 64,000 children in adoptive American households since 1999. The international adoption placement also happens faster than a domestic placement, making it a popular decision for adopters who do not want to wait two years for an older child adoption to finalize.
Nearly all international adoptions are of children under the age of 5, meaning that most of the children are still young enough to have experienced traumatic events but are also able to adapt to a new lifestyle and culture. If a couple is placed with a child of a different ethnic background or racial appearance, the adoption will also be considered a transracial adoption, which may require a few extra culturally sensitive steps in the adoption process. Countries in Africa, for example, may require adopters to spend a certain amount of time in the child's country of origin, getting to know the local community, activities, religious practices and cuisine.
Other practices unique to international adoption include a philanthropic donation to the child's orphanage, institution or agency. Chinese placements may also include a photo of a second child that an agency hopes to place in tandem.
Although most international adoptees will not know their birth parents and searching for them can be difficult after adulthood, international adoptees will still question their cultural origins and if they are of a different racial background may need extra support while maturing in a transracial family.
International adoption requires a lot of paperwork, filing costs for which averages around $1,000. Other expenses adopters can expect include travel (airfare, lodging and food), a home study, a dossier and translator service fees and a donation for the child's orphanage of origin.
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The only Country I can think of that would allow this for International Adoptions is
April 9, 2014, 12:56 pm
The only Country that I can think of that would allow what you are seeking or hoping, for International Adoptions is Colombia in Central America!! Colombia currently has a Moratorium for under 7 years old and is closed. Possibly Africa?? I have never explored African Adoption...Any place you go with International Adoption is either closed or at a 'standstill'
April 4, 2014, 12:54 pm
Any place you go with International Adoption is either closed or at a 'standstill' or backlog. Adoption trends have changed since the early 2000s. You used to be able to Adopt Infants and Healthy Children from Anywhere!! Also, if you Foster? Your Foster Child (ren) will need to be...
Unless you are considering Adopting Special Needs??
April 10, 2014, 3:02 pm
Unless you are considering Adopting Orphans with Special Needs?? China is currently processing Adoption Dossiers dated back to October of 2007, for Non Medical or Special Needs!! Vietnam and Cambodia are talking about opening to International Adoptions again, but there is nothing definitive...adaption in ukraina
April 1, 2014, 3:48 am
[B]Hi Cathy could you please recommend me a contact e-mail address to your adaption facilitator in Ukraina. Thank you so much for your help [/B] [I] [I][SIZE="1"][SIZE="5"][SIZE="1"][QUOTE=CathyStone]As an adoptive family who spent a great deal of time making a choice of a country of...
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