Adopting an Orphan; International Adoption
Why should you consider adopting an orphan through international adoption?"A child is a child, a soul is a soul and we are all connected by spirit. A child in an orphanage in China or living in poverty in Africa should matter as much to us as an American child. We are all connected as human and spiritual beings." Laurie A. Stephens - Laurie Stephens; Adoptive Mother of two from China,as published in Adoption Today.
Many families choose to adopt an orphan through international adoption for a variety of reasons. Some don’t meet the agency guidelines for domestic adoption but they qualify to work with an international adoption agency. Sometimes a family has an overwhelming concerned that the birth parents will come back and want their baby back. Many others simply want to give a family to a orphaned child who really has none. If you are considering adopting an orphan through international adoption, the travel times and family requirements are something to consider. Check out several different international adoption agencies - fees vary even though the processes are similar.
The top three countries which international adoption visas were issued were, China, Russia and Guatemala. Many times there are several countries that work with one international adoption agency. Of course adopted children come from many many countries.
China China adoption program is one of the most reliable and stable, and China is the country from which most U.S. citizens have elected to adopt since the year 2000. In 2005, U.S. citizens adopted approximately 7,906 children from China. Children available for adoption are mostly girls, infants to 6 years of age. Older and special needs children are also available. These children reside in orphanages.
Travel required: Yes; one parent (if married) must travel; one trip, approximately two weeks.
Singles accepted: Generally, single women, heterosexual.
Other: Post-placement reports and supervision are required for one year.
Families for Children from China
Adoptive Parents China
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Trave required: Yes, two trips. The completion trip requires both parents.Singles are accepted. There are no limits on marriage or number of children.Other: Post- placement reports are required.Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions
Russia There are about 600,000 children without parental care in the Russia. Most children are relinquished to orphanages from hospitals due to poverty. Some children are removed from their homes due to neglect. 51% of the adoptions are girls ages 1 -4.
Eastern European Adoption Coalition
Guatemala Important Updates 2007
Requirements: In 2005, U.S. citizens adopted approximately 3,783 children from Guatemala. Older and special needs children are also available for adoption. Children may reside in orphanages or foster care.Travel required: No; if parents choose to travel, the in-country stay is approx. 4 days.Singles accepted: Yes Other: Prior to approval for adoption, a DNA test done by a facility authorized by U.S. authorities must be done to prove the relinquishing mother-child connection; post-placement supervision and reports are required for six months.Great Site for adoption Guatemala
Guatemala Adoptive Families Network
Travel required: Yes; 2-3 week trip after refferal to bring child homeSingles accepted: Yes Other: Prior to approval for adoption, a DNA test done by a facility authorized by U.S. authorities must be done to prove the relinquishing mother-child connection; post-placement supervision and reports are required for six months.VietNam Adoption Resources
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