Can you help me understand the ins and outs of adopting a child from another country - possibly one of the developing nations? How does the international adoption process work? I'm concerned about the plight of orphans around the world, and I've been considering the option of adopting a child from outside the United States. Do you have any advice or suggestions?
Your desire to adopt a child from abroad is commendable. As we understand it, the situation of orphaned children in many countries around the world is rather desperate. This is especially true in non-western nations. It would be our privilege to assist you in any way we can.
Although we do provide information on adoption through our Adoption and Orphan Care Initiative™, the technical and legal ins and outs of international adoption are highly specialized subjects which lie beyond the range of our expertise and capability. The best we can do is refer you to our resource list on adoption (mentioned below), which has contact information for a number of organizations that are in a far better position to help you than we are. We would particularly like to draw your attention to a couple of the adoption services mentioned there: Holt International Children's Services and Bethany Christian Services. We also recommend that you visit the Loving Shepherd Ministries website for referrals to adoption agencies and updates concerning adoption requirements in various countries around the world.
For further information, we suggest you procure a copy of The Connected Child: Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Sunshine. You can order it through our Online Store or by calling us here at Focus on the Family.
Fostering or Adopting Children From Difficult Backgrounds (resource list)