If you are considering adoption you may have even entertained the idea of adopting abroad. International adoption has became a popular option for many families. Some may wonder how does adopting from abroad compare to adopting with the US. There are some similarities between the processes for international and domestic adoption, but quite a few differences are present. When considering international adoption the main areas that concerns tend to revolve around are cost, travel, and the availability of children. In this article I would like to share some of the pros and cons of adopting international children to help families make a more informed decision about the option.
When traveling abroad for adoptive reasons, it is likely that more than one trip will be required. Actually the family considering adoption will have to travel to the adoptive country on a few occasions, and sometimes an extended stay from 1 to 3 weeks will be required. Check with your airline carrier if they offer a discount on airfare for families, understanding that various trips may be involved. With domestic adoptions there is normally very little travel involved.
In the area of cost there is a lot too consider. International adoptions can be very expensive when compared to domestic adoptions. Domestic adoptions especially if orchestrated through a state foster agency can be very inexpensive. The cost of private adoptions will vary based on fees, attorneys, the race of the child, and also if any fees are to be paid for the expectant mother’s care.
The Availability of Children
If a family is interested in adopting a newborn, then a international adoption is not an option. International adoptions take time, there is a lot of paper work, and a referral must be received. Also many international countries will close the option of adoption abroad off until the child reaches a certain age, hoping for an adoption within their own country.
A family will need to really have a strong commitment, flexibility, and financial means to adopt internationally. There is so much extra that a family will have to prepare for, example a language barrier amongst other things.
If a family would like to find out more about international adoption one can contact the hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. This Convention was established to setup best practices for adoption procedures for international adoptions between participating countries. The overall goal in mind is to prevent and protect adopted children from exploitation, sale, and even trafficking.
Source: Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption