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Foreign Adoptions - How Costly Are They ?

Feb 25, 2008
You cannot deny that foreign adoptions have really been on the rise in the last five years. It could be the sheer volume of information coming across the television as people sit at home and see the needy faces of children who are desperate for good, loving homes.

It might also be that couples and families find that adopting from a foreign country is a better choice because a biological parent is unlikely to try to regain custody. But there are still factors that can lead to being denied the right to adopt from that country, and you have to take them into account.

Foreign adoptions do work and work well, but there are things you must consider before jumping into the process. You will be dealing with a child from another country and possibly a kid who only speaks their native language.

There will be language barriers and customs that have to be considered. There is also the issue of transracial adoption. You may not be concerned, but you need to see how your family members will feel about the adoption of a racially different kid before dragging him or her across the ocean.

International child adoption does not come cheap. A typical one in the United States can cost upwards of fifty-thousand dollars once you factor in the agency fees, the court costs and the cost of hiring an attorney.

A foreign adoption is going to cost more than that because you will have to visit the country, sometimes more than once, and stay for a set amount of time so that the kid can become accustomed with you. As well, the necessary paperwork which will allow the kid to leave the country must be completed.

Couples find it easiest to go through the approval process for an international child adoption because some countries will not allow someone who is single to adopt a kid. If you are not in a relationship do not let this deter you.

There are countries that care more about the welfare of a child than they do about marriage contracts. Some are even Christian adoption agencies that help place children in homes with people who will love them regardless of their marital status.

Foreign adoptions can seem intimidating to some people. This is especially true if the adoptive family does not know the language of the country nor do they know the customs. But international child adoption is feasible, as evidenced by the number of adoptions that take place every day.

There will be expenses and your life and finances will be scrutinized. However, you will have the agency to help you along the way and give you an estimate of how much it will cost.
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