More and more Americans are creating families by adopting children from foreign countries. In 2003, U.S. families adopted 21,616 foreign-born children. Overall, China was the most-often selected sending country for international adoptions, followed in descending order by Russia, Guatemala, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and India. (For more numbers, see Trends in International Adoption: 2003.)
International adoption may be a viable alternative to domestic adoption for many families, especially those who want to adopt a younger child; however, the process can be complex, paperwork-intensive, and expensive.
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