International Adoption

For those wanting to adopt a child, there are many types of adoption from which to choose. One of the main types is international adoption. International adoption is defined as adopting from any country outside of your own. For the majority of readers of Adoption.org, it would be the United States. Not all countries allow international adoption. You will need to do a little research to learn which ones do.

While exploring from which country you'd like to adopt, remember that each country has its own set of laws and requirements. It's crucial to know if you're qualified before you begin any adoption process. This is your first step. It will save you time, money, energy, and heartache in the days and months to come.

In most cases, the adoption will be finalized in the child's country of birth, according to that country's adoption laws. Some countries have a longer finalization process than others. And some even require the adoptive parents to be in the country throughout the entire finalization process, which can sometimes add up to weeks or months. Being fully informed of international adoption expectations will make the entire process run more smoothly and efficiently.

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International Adoption Articles

Puerto Rico is an American commonwealth for which federal aid is available to adoptable children. There are relatively few stipulations on who can adopt a child from Puerto Rico, such as age. To foster adoptable children from Puerto Rico, an applicant needs only to be 21 and meet the other legal requirements like first-aid/CPR certification. Over a thousand children in the Puerto Rican foster care system are waiting to be adopted. At least 50 percent of these children can wait...

International Adoption Blogs

Shock in an Unexpected Way
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Castes and Prejudice
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International Adoption Forums

India adoption process - guidance
Hello friends, We are 6 months away from taking our citizenship in US. We are wanting to adopt a kid from...
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We just received the application answer with a request for evidence. They are unable to complete the process of the...

Parent Profiles

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Adoption Photo Listing

Trevor (FL / 16 / M)
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