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Domestic Versus International Adoption

Domestic versus international adoption? That's the question you may be asking yourself as you consider building your family through adoption. I've done both, and there are benefits - and drawbacks - to both. Here are some things to consider:

Benefits of a Domestic Adoption

Younger Age

When considering a domestic versus international adoption, the age of the child you desire is one factor to consider, and with a domestic adoption, you can adopt a child at a much younger age. We brought our youngest son home when he was just four days old. When adopting domestically, you can sometimes bring your child home straight from the hospital.

Costs Less

The cost between a domestic adoption and an international one is striking, with a domestic adoption costing thousands of dollars less than an international adoption. That's because you won't be paying for travel expenses, international fees and visas, to name a few.

Potential for Relationship
With Biological Family

For the sake of your child, and if it's possible, it is better to have some sort of relationship with your child's biological family, an important aspect when considering a domestic versus international adoption. Your child will someday want to know what health problems may run in his genes or if he has any other biological siblings. Keeping contact with your child's biological family gives him the freedom later on to learn more about these things.

The Downsides of a Domestic Adoption

Unfortunately, there are some downsides to adopting domestically, including some of the following:

Long Waiting Period

Apply with an agency for a local adoption, fill out all the paperwork and then be prepared to wait a long, long time. With the advent of Planned Parenthood and birth control, there just aren't that many orphans - particularly infants - now available for adoption. That means a domestic adoption can take three to four years to complete. An international adoption on the other hand, can be completed in as short a period as 18 months.

More Helpful Information

Think you can't afford the high costs of adoption? We brought all three of our children home without going into debt, and so can you! Learn more.

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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