International Adoption

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are looking forward to the weekend!! We are on the third week of my little informational campaign! This week I will featuring another adoption process. This week’s will be international adoption.

If you did not know already, international adoption is when you adopt an infant from another country. In the world, there are hundreds of thousands of orphans who are hoping to find forever families. International adoption is a long drawn out process which requires more than the other processes of adoption I explained earlier. Check out my last two posts about adopting a stepchild and adopting in the United States.

Each year, thousands of US Citizens adopt a child from another country. The rules and regulations vary from country to country, but it is highly urged to get an experienced adoption agency. This is because of the complex paperwork, prerequisites, and all that comes with international adoption. International adoption differs from others because it requires a home study. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services demands that hopeful parents have their house reviewed to ensure that it is fit for children. There are tons of paperwork that you need to have completed for both your country and the country that the child is coming from. Doing all this will ensure the safety of that child which is the ultimate goal. The MOST IMPORTANT part of this process of adoption is that the child gains their United States Citizenship. Holding of this paperwork will hurt the child’s opportunities to live a life as and American citizen. Even after the adoption is finalized, some countries may require progress reports to confirm that the adoption is successful even after. These reports are called PAR’S (post-adoption reports). While some require this type of checkup, others want post-placement- reporting which is when the child is placed with the child temporarily to see if they bond well. It’s kind of similar to foster care, but not exactly.

In Hague, Netherlands on May 29th, 1993, The Hague Convention took place on the Respect of Intercountry Adoption. This convention posed as an international agreement to safeguard Intercountry Adoptions. It established the international standards that all countries should follow when it comes to international adoption. The United States signed this convention in 1994 and came into action on April 4th 2008.

Overall, international adoption is pretty similar to the other types of adoption. Except, there are house checks and the court confirmation is after the child has come to the country.

Stay tuned for Sunday as I will continue to follow this weeks’s this week’s theme!!! You’ll get to hear all about an international Adoption.

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