The first thing for adopting parents to consider when adopting internationally is comfort level. Parents should think about which nationalities they are comfortable with (with having a child of that descent) and which ones they are not.
Parents should also consider the culture of the country they want to adopt from. They should be comfortable visiting both for the adoption process, and possibly also when the child gets older. They need to assess how they feel about incorporating their child’s culture into their own (some countries want to know that the child will be exposed to aspects of their culture).
Research is important in finding the international program that best fits the adopting couple. Adopting parents should look into what countries specific agencies work with (most have certain countries they have created programs with) and information about what types of children are available from certain countries. China adoption, Guatemalan adoption programs, Russian adoptions and Kazakhstan adoptions remain some of the most popular programs for international adoptions in the United States. Parents should also research countries they are interested in for legal procedures, travel information, and restrictions for adopting parents.
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