An essay by Tamra Hyde
More people would adopt internationally, if they knew more information about the process. Many countries are looking overseas to find families for orphaned or abandoned children. Numerous children wait for a forever family; some never find one. This article will point out some international adoption basics.
To find out information about the adoption policies in a particular country a person can perform an internet search using a popular search engine? google.com, mamma.com, or yahoo.com. Typing in the name of a particular country and the word ?adoption? will bring up adoption agency websites. Reading the information at each website, a person can start piecing together the requirements for each particular country. Each agency has different requirements and different fees. By taking a sample of a few different agencies a person can calculate the average fees and requirements for each country.
Fees for international adoption can run from $4,500 per child to $30,000 per child. Each country has different fees, so if money matters, fees can be an important starting point. The average international adoption will run about $15,000 not including travel, CIS fees, home study fees, notary fees, and authenticating fees. This may sound daunting, but many families come up with creative solutions to gather the funds needed for an adoption.
Funding for an international adoption can be accomplished in diverse ways. Some families have adoption fundraisers. Garage sales and raffles can attract people who want to help. Fundraisers provide the opportunity for communities to get involved. Neighborhoods are often motivated to help out when a family is trying to bring home a child from another country. Others take out home equity loans at low interest rates. Some families find that they are gifted the money when an anonymous relative finds out what they are doing. There are even places on the internet that offer grants and low-interest adoption loans to prospective parents.
Money should never hold a person back from adding a child to their family through adoption. Many times, children who are older or have a physical special need have lower fees. Children are waiting for families in all parts of the world. Agencies usually have lists of waiting children posted on their websites. Some agencies charge an application fee to view their list. There are also collaborative websites where many agencies add available children to a central list.
Two of the most popular photo listing internet sites are precious.org and rainbowkids.org. At these websites photos of waiting children from Guatemala, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Haiti can be viewed twenty-four hours a day. Some countries don?t allow photo listing of children. To find out information about children from these countries it is best to email the agency directly and ask them to send a list of children available.
When viewing the listings, it can start to feel daunting. Many of the children have physical special needs. Some are blind, deaf, even completely paralyzed. But there are also other children that have needs that are mild such as missing fingers or toes, strabismus (crossed eyes), a strange growth. These less severe needs may be unattractive enough to keep a child from being adopted in their birth country. In America that child could have many opportunities for a successful and satisfying life.
Usually a family will complete a home study before they locate a child. Some families prefer to find a child first. Both ways are fine, though completing the home study before looking for a child can expedite the adoption process. Home studies are conducted by social workers in each family?s local area. Prices vary from $500 to $1,500, so it is important to ask around. Getting a referral from someone that has used the social worker for a previous adoption is ideal. The social worker will come and ask some personal questions about a person?s childhood, home life, and motivations to adopt. A home study can proceed quickly and painlessly. Once the home study is complete, a person is free to start actively pursuing an adoption. It is highly recommended that one join an email list for international adoption or for adoption in the country of interest. An email list provides a good place to gather information, to find personal stories and discover which agencies to avoid. These email groups can provide support when something isn?t going smoothly and can offer advice to avoid common problems.
Though international adoption can seem intimidating, most families can accomplish it. So many children wait for a family to find them. Opportunities abound for families unable to have children and for families with children already in the home. Once a person knows how to get started, an international adoption becomes more attainable.