Single Parent Adoption
In the last twenty years there has been a steady, sizable increase in the number of single parent adoptions – some people feel that it is the fastest growing trend in the adoption field. The outlook for single parent adoption is encouraging as it becomes more widely accepted. Concerns over single parent adoptions should be laid to rest by the many benefits single parents have to offer children in need of a home. Single and older parents adopt successfully and ethically from several countries around the world. And in some cases, the fees are lower than for domestic adoption, though a lot depends on the country you choose. You won't be able to bring home a newborn, but in many cases, you can receive a child under 12 months of age, even if you are older.
CHINA,"I am a single woman. I was 51 when I adopted my wonderful daughter from China, and am 61 and a very happy Mom now." While China no longer accepts single women 50 and over, while it is strictly limiting the number of dossiers it accepts from single parent adoptions, and while its time frames have gotten somewhat long, it is still a possibility for women under 50. Total costs, including travel and everything, are usually under $20,000 for a single.
ETHIOPIA, is currently very popular with single parent adoptions and for older women. Ethiopia is one of the least costly countries from which to adopt, and the time frames are among the shorter ones you'll find. All ages of children can be adopted, and sibling groups are available. Very few American agencies have been licensed by Ethiopia, but the good news is that some of the agencies that have received licenses have outstanding reputations.
GUATAMALA, which is also comfortable with single and older people, is an expensive country, but many people like it because the babies tend to come home fairly young and the travel is brief. There are some uncertainties right now, because it is technically a "non-compliant Hague country", which could mean that adoption will no longer be possible for Americans after the U.S. ratifies the Hague Convention on inter country adoption at some point in 2007.
VIETNAM, which has always been single and older parent friendly, has recently reopened to American families after several years when the U.S. banned adoption because it believed that there was too much corruption. The time frames and such are still evolving, but it could possibly be an excellent choice.
RUSSIA remains open to singles, though its process is not the most stable in the world and it is arguably the most costly country from which to adopt, in part because two trips are required. It is a good choice if you are looking to adopt a Caucasian child.
There are other countries that are open to singles as well, so if you are interested in international adoption, begin to investigate all the possibilities.
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