Foreign Adoption

Some parents choose to adopt their child from a foreign country. In most cases, the decision to adopt from another country stems from an effort to avoid long waits for a baby in the United States. The top ten countries from which United States adoptions took place were China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine.

Every country has its own requirements that must be met in order to adopt. Most countries require that couples are married for more than three years, and there are age limits for some countries. Some countries require the adopting couple to travel to the country twice, once to identify the child and a second time to adopt the child. South Korea does not allow parents to adopt if they are more than 30% over their ideal weight.

Adopting parents need to research the requirements of the countries they are interested in before making a decision to adopt from that country. Adoption attorneys are very helpful in this process and they are up to date on each countries adoption rules and regulations. Contact an adoption attorney today.

There are several things that you may want to consider before adopting.

  • Consider your feelings about raising children of an ethnicity different from you own.
  • Consider your feelings about the country’s culture and history.
  • What are the types of children that are considered for adoption placement in the country you have chosen.
  • The ease with which paperwork is processed in that country.
  • Consider whether or not you will need to travel to the country in order to adopt.
  • Ask the experiences of other adoptive parents who have adopted from the country that you are considering.
  • What is the length of stay, if required, and the number of visits required to adopt a child in that country.
  • What is the type of medical care the birth mothers receive in each country?
  • Consider your own family history and background. Will your family and extended family welcome a child from another country?
  • What are your feelings about the physical attributes common to children from that country?

You and your attorney can research the differences in the various countries available and help you choose the country that best fits you and your family.