One thing led to another, and we became—unexpectedly—twice blessed.
International Adoption Overview: How to Adopt from China, Ethiopia, and Other Countries
Would you like to adopt a child from another country? Learn about the international adoption process and how to adopt from China, Ethiopia, Korea, or other countries.
Some international adoption regulations require pre-adoption education for prospective adopters. Do you think this is a good idea? What kind of preparation did you have? Would you do anything differently?
You may want to postpone elective surgery until your child has been home for four to six months.
Mix one American couple, one preteen Russian boy, and one summer program…and what do you get? Family.
My daughter’s fascination with China was matched by her pleasure at sharing the return trip with friends who’d made the same journey.
We finalized our daughter’s international adoption a few years ago, but haven’t gone through the naturalization process yet.
Wondering how to adopt from Poland? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, and an average budget and timeline.
Wondering how to adopt from Ghana? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.
Wondering how to adopt from Nigeria? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, and an average budget and timeline.
We thought accepting a referral would be the easy part. It wasn’t.
Wondering how to adopt from Bulgaria? Find statistics, prospective parent requirements, personal stories, and more resources.
In 2015, parents in the United States adopted 5,648 children from 89 different countries. The number of intercountry adoptions completed by parents in the U.S. has steadily dropped since 22,884 children were adopted in 2004.
What goes wrong in international adoptions — and how can you help yours go through?
The other day, I mentioned to a coworker that my husband and I were looking into international adoption. You'd have thought I said we were thinking of becoming terrorists. "What do you mean, you're going to adopt from Russia? What about all the kids in Milwaukee who need good homes?" she demanded indignantly.
If this is your first adoption, choose a country with a long-standing, stable adoption process, and work with an agency licensed by the U.S. and by the sending country. International adoption can be complicated enough; don’t add extra uncertainty to the process.
Read up on basic facts on the most popular sending countries for adopted children in this overview of international adoption, plus find adoption agency listings by country.
Every year more American families include a child adopted from another part of the world.
Growing up in a mostly white, Midwestern town in the late 1970s and early 80s, watching reruns of The Donna Reed Show and Leave It to Beaver, I figured I would finish school, find a girl to marry, buy a little house with a white picket fence, and have a couple of kids who looked like me. This was the middle-class American dream, and at the time it never occurred to me that life would turn out any other way.
What changes the “demand” for adopted children around the world? Are market forces to blame?
Adoption can be an unpredictable journey. We never realized just how unpredictable.