Adopting Overseas

  • Thinking About Adopting Overseas? Here’s What You Should Know

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    While it’s not the easiest thing to do, many parents decide to bring a child to the United States via adoption.  There are laws in the home country that may impact a couple’s private arrangement, so working with an adoption agency with international resources is probably the way to go in this situation.

    Doing it yourself is too dangerous, and there’s too much at risk when a child’s developmental stability is considered.

    In 2011, over 50,000 children were adopted through the United States foster care system.  This system allows children in the United States to be placed with adoptive families after getting to know them and testing out the living situation through foster care.

    There were just under 10,000 children adopted into the United States from foreign countries in the same year.  While it was true for decades that Americans had an easier, perhaps less costly option in adopting a child from an external country, and while many biological parents of children in developing countries would readily allow their child to be adopted by a United States couple, there have been limits placed on the ability to “trade” children across international borders.

    departmentseal2The United States Department of State has focused on women’s health, which includes the human rights of women and their children, and the desire of the government organization to provide fair and just representation to those inside and outside the US is admirable.

    The average adoption process takes about one year when it’s initiated from inside the US Foster Care system.  The average international adoption takes anywhere between 79 days and two years, because international laws can vary so significantly.

    In the US Foster Care system, most adoptive parents do not pay fees or other costs associated to the adoption.  However, international adoption can cost anywhere from nothing at all to approximately $65,000, depending on the home country’s laws.