Navigating the adoption process can be confusing and intimidating for many new adoptive parents – and even for some “veterans.” The international adoption process can complicate the process even more, with many more regulations to consider for attaining visas, citizenship, and much more. Fortunately, there are many resources online that can help make the process a little less confusing by answering questions, offering guidelines, and providing references for support.
The U.S. State Department provides resources for international adoption, including many useful guidelines for navigating the legal process. There are also news stories and alerts that are pertinent to the adoption process, informative statistics, and comprehensive publications, such as Intercountry Adoption from A-Z .
Karen’s Adoption Links offers a large list of links to numerous resources online for international adoption, information, and support. Links are sorted by category, including Researching Agencies, Hague Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Providers, Ethics in International Adoption, and, of course, forums, message boards, and other groups for questions and support.
Adoption.com has a comprehensive list of resources in its International Adoption section. Here you’ll find articles on all aspects of the international adoption process, including guidelines for how to get started, financial considerations, links to immigration and citizenship resources, health information, and other issues to consider. There are also links to numerous blogs and discussion forums to find more information. Finally, you can use the interactive map to compare adoption programs by country.
Adopting.com has an extensive list of resources for those interested in adopting abroad. Some categories include parent profiles, photos of children waiting to be adopted, support for special needs, lists of adoption professionals, and general information and support. There are also featured sites, including Adoptive Families Magazine, African Cradle Inc., and the Independent Adoption Center.
International Adoption Resources helps connect orphans from China with adoptive parents. The organization also aims to help adoptive families with financial support and to educate the public about international adoption. There are numerous links on the site guiding families through the adoption process, including whether they qualify, how they can manage the financial responsibility, finding an agency, and much more.
Precious.org bills itself as the largest international adoption Web site and photo listing. The site also offers articles and resources for navigating the adoption process, including a “learning center” that has a podcast and a blog.
Wide Horizons for Children is a non-profit adoption and child welfare agency based in New England. The agency also places children from 11 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. The site also offers plenty of information about adoption, pregnancy services, support services following adoption, and humanitarian aid. There is also information about waiting children.
All for Children is a non-profit adoption agency that provides both international and domestic adoptions. The company has six offices throughout the country and places children both domestically and from countries including China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Taiwan. See this handy table for basic requirements by country.
If you’re still looking for more resources, check out the links and forums on these pages and you are sure to find a helping hand.
Bio: Lisa Shoreland is currently a resident blogger at Go College , where recently she's been researching grants for disabled students . In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing, taking weekend trips, and practicing martial arts.