Low Cost International AdoptionLow cost international adoption - is it possible? What you need to keep in mind is that even a low cost adoption that takes place overseas is going to cost at least $12,000 when you include all costs, including airfare, hotel costs, the international fee and all other costs of adopting a child.
That being said, there are some adoption programs that are less expensive than others. Here are a few:
Adopting Independenly from UkraineUkraine is one of the few countries where you can pursue a low cost international adoption without having to go through an agency, saving you thousands of dollars. Expect the process to take about a year or maybe less, depending on when you get your application in. If you go this route, plan on gathering your documents and applying for I-171H approval from the USCIS in the fall and then applying in the spring. You can learn more by clicking here.
Adopting from JamaicaFew families go this route most likely because they don't know it's available, but Jamaica is also a great country for a low cost international adoption, again, because you can pursue an adoption without going through an agency. Both singles and married couples aged 25 or older can adopt a child. The children range in age from 6 weeks old to under eighteen. You can learn more by clicking here.
Adopting from ChinaWhen most people think international adoption, adopting from China comes to mind. It's one of the oldest routes, but also an excellent low cost choice. That's because it's a state-run program.
Unfortunately, because it is a state-run program, it is also one of the slowest programs out there. Expect a wait of up to three years before your get your referral. Still, you can use that time to your advantage to raise funds for your international adoption. Learn more by clicking here.
Adoptiong from EthiopiaAdopting from Ethiopia is also a very affordable choice of international adoption. The cost is typically about $19,000 per child and the program also usually takes less than a year. Preference is given to married couples and you must be over the age of 25 to apply. Learn more by clicking here.
Other Helpful InformationThe high cost of international adoption is one reason many couples don't adopt. Don't let finances stand between you and your child. Learn more.
Would you like to adopt from China? Although the wait can be up to two years, the price is very reasonable and the adoption program is stable. Here are some tips for adopting from China
Many couples are now planning to adopt from Ethiopia because of the shorter wait and the reasonable costs. Learn more about adopting these beautiful children.
The children available from Kazakhstan are generally well cared for and the program usually takes less than a year. Learn more about adopting from Kazakhstan.
The Ukraine might be an excellent adoption country choice, especially if you are interested in an older child adoption. Click here to learn more.
Are you wondering what the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoptions is and how it might affect your international adoption? Learn more.
Adoptions are currently on hold from Guatemala. Learn why.
If you would like to adopt from Russia, it's a great choice if you are older or already have several children in your home. Here are some tips.
Are you thinking about adopting from Korea? You can adopt a baby from Korea, but there are age limits, and recently, the process has been extended to about three years. Learn more.
If Haiti is your adoption country choice, here are some things you should know.
A Jamaica international adoption is an affordable, yet relatively unknown way of building a family. Here's the scoop on adopting from Jamaica.
Unfortunately, if you hoped to adopt from Romania, you will have to look elsewhere. Here is a brief explanation of why international adoptions from Romania are not allowed.
A Russian international adoption can rescue a child from the stigma of being an orphan. Here's what it's like to grow up an orphan in Russia.
Do you have your heart set on adopting a child from Brazil? It is possible, but be prepared for a complicated and sometimes lengthy process. Read more about it here.
If you feel you can't afford the high agency fees, take heart. The Ukraine may be an excellent adoption country choice for you. You can pursue an independent adoption from the Ukraine. Learn more here.
Are you interested in pursuing an independent adoption from Kazakhstan? It is possible. Learn some of the steps you will have to take by clicking here.
Adoptions from Nepal are now once again possible. Learn more about it by clicking here.
A Taiwan adoption might not be something you considered when deciding on an international adoption, but adopting from this small island off the mainland coast of China can mean a far shorter wait. Here's what you need to know about adopting from Taiwan.
If you're looking for an international adoption choice that isn't as expensive, consider some of the low-cost alternatives by clicking here.
The devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, opened the eyes of the world to the desperate plight of Haitians, including the countless orphans of Haiti. American citizens especially have been moved to open their homes to these children, but the U.S. State Department is urging these parents to slow down. Read more.
Corruption and greed brought an end to adoptions from Cambodia, but new laws and regulations are now being established that might one day allow American parents to again adopt from Cambodia. Learn more.
It is possible to adopt from Honduras without using an agency, but you will need to know the language and have contacts there. Learn more.
An update to pursuing a Haiti adoption: It is now not only once again possible, but necessary in light of the devastating earthquake in 2010. Learn more.
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