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

Love for a child is unconditional and limitless, yet that doesn't necessarily include and adopter's age. There are many restrictions and stigmas about people of a certain age considering adoption, especially those over 45 years old. International adoption agencies are traditionally more lenient than domestic agencies about adoption age limits. China, for example, prefers that adopters be over the age of 30. Seeing as China is the No. 1 country from which Americans adopt, that's...

International Adoption Blogs

African Adoption Continues to Grow
We continue to watch as African adoption grows and develops. Many of the countries within Africa are looking to...
Korea Shifting Adoption Program
The Joint Council has posted a notice from the Korean Government regarding its adoption program. Prior to this...

International Adoption Forums

Adoption in Laos
Dear All, We are Cecile and Jerome, and are looking into adoption in Laos. We would be happy to meet anyone who has...
New Here!
Hi everyone! We are just starting our adoption process. We are looking into adopting from Poland! We are looking...

Parent Profiles

A home of laughter a home of love a home to share. We are Sherrie and Anita and are happy and honored to share our story with you. We are so excited to be parents! We look forward to... [more]

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Adoption Photo Listing

Windell (CA / 11 / M)
Windell is 11 years of age. Windell's race is African-American, and Windell is one of three to be placed together for adoption. Windell is the oldest child in this sibling group... [more]

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