International Adoption

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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.

Like domestic adoptions, costs and waiting time vary significantly depending on the country and child chosen. Costs can range from a low of $11,000 to a high of $40,000 or more, although most international adoptions average between $15,000 and $30,000. Special needs international adoptions may have lower fees and shorter waiting periods.

Visit the International Adoption Resource Center for country-by-country resources, agencies and information. Visit our Directory of Adoption Professionals to find international adoption professionals who can assist you.

  1. Getting Started with Adoption
  2. How Many People Choose Adoption?
  3. Is Adoption Right for You?
  4. Adoption Self-Assessment Quiz
  5. Which Children Are Available for Adoption?
  6. Sibling Groups
  7. Who Can Adopt?
  8. Qualification Requirements for Adopting Parents
  9. Your Adoption Options
  10. Agency Adoption
  11. Private (or Independent) Adoption
  12. Options in Independent Adoption
  13. Adoption Facilitators
  14. International Adoption
  15. Foster Adoption
  16. Stepparent Adoption
  17. Transracial Adoption
  18. Special Needs Adoption
  19. Military Adoption
  20. Making an Adoption Plan
  21. Selecting an Adoption Professional
  22. Getting an Adoption Homestudy
  23. Adoption Costs
  24. Why Do Costs Seem So High?
  25. Help Handling the Costs of Adoption
  26. The Adoption Tax Credit
  27. Adoption Subsidies
  28. Employer Adoption Benefits
  29. Networking & Networking Tools
  30. Legal Issues in Adoption
  31. Evaluating Adoption Risks
  32. Open Adoption
  33. Breastfeeding the Adopted Child
  34. Coping With the Wait
  35. Glossary of Terms
  36. Recommended Reading
  37. Conclusion
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