Domestic Child AdoptionDomestic child adoption is something many parents of internationally adopted children are pressed about at one time or other in their adoptive journey. Inevitably some one says, "But there are so many orphans here! Why don't you just adopt one of them?"
These people are referring to the more than 500,000 children who will be living in foster care in the United States this year alone. For those of us called to adopting children from overseas, it's an irksome question at the very least.
The decision to adopt internationally is not one made lightly. Considering the amount of effort, paperwork, time and money invested in an international adoption, believe me when I tell you that parents do a lot of soul-searching before they start on an international adoption journey, a decision usually made after having carefully considering and even trying to pursue a domestic child adoption first.
So why don't we just adopt children placed in foster care? There are a number of reasons:
Many Return HomeMost of the children in foster care are returned to their biological parents, which is a good thing. Yes, there are times when parental rights should be terminated and new parents found for these children.
But more often the problem is not terrible parents, but instead, poverty or a lack of parenting skills. For a large majority of children in foster care, the problem is eventually resolved and the children go back to their biological parents.
Most are Adopted by Foster ParentsOf those children remaining in foster care, their foster parents will be given priority over other applicants, which only makes sense. It's hard enough for a child to be taken from one home. To then be taken from a foster home to be adopted into a new home is twice the trauma.
That's why case workers and those determining what is in the best interest of a child in their custody will give preference to foster parents over outside applicants.
Long WaitAnd for the remaining children? Because of the bureaucracies and red tape involved with a state domestic child adoption, expect an often very long wait and plenty of frustration before a child is placed with you. And even then, some parents never get a placement, which is why, in part, many are turning to international adoption.
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Private international adoption is possible, but be aware that there are a lot of steps - and - paperwork involved. Learn more here.
Are you single and want to adopt? Many countries will still allow you to adopt even if you aren't married. Learn more.
Curious about how many parents adopted from what countries last year? These international adoption statistics will provide you with the overall picture.
You're thinking about building your family through adoption. After reading about the big adoption picture, are you still undecided whether to adopt abroad? Here are points to think about when considering Domestic versus International Adoption.
So what are the positive aspects of bringing a child home from overseas? Read here about the pros of international adoption.
But be aware that there are negative aspects of adopting internationally as well. Here are some of the cons of international adoption.
Have you ever wondered why your international adoption fee is so high? Here are some of the expenses that are part of your international adoption fee.
If you are thinking about pursuing international adoption, you want to be sure and choose the right agency. Here are some tips on choosing an international adoption agency.
Adopting a child from another country isn't always smooth sailing. There are risks involved in international adoption. Learn more here.
Have you ever wondered how international adoption began? You can read the big adoption picture on the history of international adoption here.
Nowadays, most international adoption agencies post pictures of children on the web, knowing a picture is a powerful way to connect children with families. But you should always proceed with caution before looking at any photolisting. Learn more about it here.
If you are single and wanting to adopt, more countries will now allow you adopt a child, including a toddler, sibling group, older child or disabled child. Learn more here.
Pursuing an international adoption without the help of an adoption agency is not only possible, but a great way to save thousands of dollars and keep you in control of your international adoption. Learn more.
Why can't these children be adopted in their own countries? The answer usually has to do with culture and pressures from society. Read more.
The Hague Treaty has been in effect for a few years now, so how has it impacted international adoption? Read more
International adoption can be one of the greatest things that can happen to you, but if you fall into the hands of an unscrupulous agency, you adoption dreams could become a nightmare. Learn how to protect yourself by clicking here.
Many parents pursuing international adoption are asked why they don't pursue a domestic adoption instead. There are many reasons why a domestic adoption is not always possible. Read more.
The hardest part of international adoption is the long wait to bring your child home. Learn one adoptive mom's tips for enduring the wait by clicking here.
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