International Adoption TrendInternational adoption trend - how is international adoption changing now that the Hague Convention is in place? There are both good and not so great results coming from the enactment of this treaty.
The Hague TreatyThe Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption was ratified in April, 2008. The purpose of the treaty was to provide a more standardized procedure for all countries and to prevent both the trafficking of children and disrupted adoptions.
So how are things panning out, three years later? Here are some of the impacts the treaty has had on international adoption.
More Special Needs AdoptionsOne specific requirement of the Hague treaty is more stringent documentation on a child's abandonment and/or orphan status. Getting the proper documentation takes time, which means that children remain in orphanages or foster homes for a far longer period of time.
And while there are still children under 18 months who are available for adoption, countries are now pushing for adoptive families to adopt special needs children instead. Better still, families who are better educated about these special needs children are asking to adopt them.
Better Training for FamiliesAnother positive international adoption trend is the Hague requirement for better education for adoptive families to help prevent a disrupted adoption. Although we adoptive parents love our adopted children just as much as any biological child, adopting a child is definitely not the same as carrying that child in your womb for nine months and then giving birth to him.
An adopted child has months and even years of experiences the adoptive parents can neither fully understand nor control. Institutional life leads to slow development for a child, or he or she may be leaving behind much loved caretakers and siblings. And while these children can overcome these challenges, the special training now being provided definitely helps.
Vocal Opposition of AdoptionOne disturbing international adoption trend is the growing number of people who are opposed to international adoption. While these people are still very much a minority, on the internet they sound loud, and they are getting more attention from an often uninformed media.
We adoptive parents must work harder at being informed about international adoption issues and become more proactive about the positive aspects of 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
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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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