There are many advantages to international adoption. There are many children in many countries, both healthy and special needs, who are in need of loving families. In international adoption, once an approved homestudy is completed, the parents are pretty much guaranteed to have a child. The parents will be matched with a child either by the agency, by adoption professionals in the country of adoption, or once the family visits the country they want to adopt from.
The time period for international adoption is typically more predictable than with domestic adoptions. Once a family is approved and begins working on their dossier, they have a good estimate of how long their wait will be for the country they have chosen. Families who adopt internationally also have a good estimate of what their costs will be.
Most adoption agencies will have an updated fee list available at the start of the adoption process, so the family will know what they will be paying. The risks associated with the birthmother are also considerably less for international adoptions. The children who are available for adoption must be orphans and will generally be living in an orphanage before placement. Once a family is referred to a specific child, therefore, they are more or less assured that child. China, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Russia, Korea, Vietnam, and Ukraine are the most popular countries for international adoptions.
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|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|