(Closed) Strongly considering international adoption – help please

posted 4 years ago in Adoption & Surrogacy
Post # 2
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I adopted my daughter from Sierra Leone, but it was over 13 years ago so I might be a little out of the loop. 


I know for sure you start by contacting a local adoption agency and discussing what you want in terms of adoption.  Most of the time they work with other agencies across the counrty that specialize in certain countries.  Every counrty has very specific requirements regarding homing children. 

Your local agency will guide you in the first step, which is paperwork followed by a very intensive set of home studies.  It’s all very intrusive, and the process from start to finish takes about two years.  So, if you see yourself having a child within three years I would start looking into local adoption agencies soon.

Post # 3
312 posts
Helper bee

I habe had a few friends use Adoption STAR, one internationally. It is a fantastic company.

Post # 4
358 posts
Helper bee

I am an adoptee from China! I was adopted from China at 8 months old (Actually the very second group ever adopted from china!). My parents used a local adoption agency in AL called “Children of the World.” They used a woman named Pat Lee, who is the director of the agency. She has helped many families with foreign adoptions and my family would recommend her 100%! She is very connected with orphanages in many different countries and stays up to date on all of her information. 

The adoption process, especially for foreign and international adoptions is a long process. I would start looking into it and at least get in touch with an agency so when you are ready, the process will be easier. 

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