Post # 1
I’m really hoping someone can help. My husband and I have been considering international adoption more and more strongly. I don’t think we would adopt for another 3-5 years, but everything I’m reading is referring to the whole process being time intensive (application for international adoption takes 15-18 months, before being placed with a child, then it could take another 6 months to a couple years).
My question is where do we start and when? Should I contact a local agency or an agency that adopts with a country of our choice? Should we contact them now for counsel and classes? Or should we fill out an I800A first?
I know I posted a more general inquiry about this awhile ago, but now there’s a board for it! Any advice would help!
Post # 2
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
I habe had a few friends use Adoption STAR, one internationally. It is a fantastic company.
Post # 4
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.
Post # 5
cjfarborist: MrsVC2015: robineliza: Thank you all for your advice. I’m currently in career limbo, so unfortunately I’ve been focused and stressed on making sure I do whatever it takes for my cards to be placed how I want… but once things settle down a bit, I will definitely contact a local adoption agency to learn more about the process and make sure adoption is the right choice for me and my family.
I brought the subject up to my stepson the other day with my husband there, and although my stepson is hesitant (8 years old), my husband seemed to be completely in favor and pretty excited during the exchange. I’m hopeful this is something we will be doing 🙂