International adoption can be a wonderful way to build your family. There is a great need to find families for over 153 million orphans worldwide.

International adoption can be very rewarding, but before you begin it’s a good idea to educate yourself about the process and what adopting internationally will mean for your family long-term.

There are two types of international adoption: Hague (or Convention) Adoptions and Non-Hague Adoptions. Countries that have signed the Hague Treaty have agreed to extra precautions that regulate the adoption of children internationally. Non-Hague countries have not signed the treaty, and thus these adoptions are less regulated. We can help you with both Hague and Non-Hague international adoptions.

Hague Adoptions

Before we can start your home study for a Hague adoption, you must select a Hague country and select a licensed and accredited adoption agency.

Once we finish your home study, it must be approved by your adoption agency before we will release the final copy to them.

You also must complete ten hours of adoption training specific to International Adoption and the issues that may arise. We can provide you with resources for this training.

Non-Hague Adoptions

You will need to choose a country and an adoption agency licensed to perform adoptions between the US and that country before we can start your Non-Hague home study. We will work directly with your agency to make sure that all of your selected country’s requirements are met. Contact us if you have any questions or would like any recommendations.

Unlike Hague adoptions, you are not mandated to complete any adoption training since Non-Hague adoptions are less regulated. (Hague adoptions have additional cautions and regulations in place to safeguard children from human trafficking or abduction and strive to ensure that the placement is in the best interest of the child.)

International Adoption Considerations

Adopting An Older Child

There are many orphaned children worldwide in need of loving families. If you pursue international adoption, you will likely be adopting an older child rather than a newborn.

Adopting an older child and adopting a newborn have differences. Adopting an older child can bring challenges of bonding, adjustment, and feelings of loss within the child. However, watching a child grow and thrive in a family environment, for the first time in their lives, can be exceptionally rewarding.

Patience

Because two countries must communicate with each other and two sets of laws must be followed, international adoption can sometimes feel frustratingly slow, especially when you have already been matched with a child. Exercising patience is an important part of international adoption.

Cost

International Adoption can be costly. There are many expenses to consider, such as agency fees, immigration document filing costs, travel expenses to pick up the child, how long you are required to stay in the country, attorney, court costs, etc.

Other Questions?

If you are questioning whether international adoption is the right fit for you, please contact us. You may also find it helpful to talk with other families who have adopted internationally. Their feedback and guidance as you make a decision can be essential in your preparation.

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