The adoption process is not an easy road to take. Adopting babies is not as simple as adopting a pet. Many are discouraged to adopt because of the long legal process that one has to go through. However, once you hold your adoptive child in your arms, the joy is immeasurable.
Individuals or couples adopt for different reasons. The most common reason is to build or expand a family. Some people adopt because they are infertile or cannot medically bear children. Others adopt because it may be medically risky for the woman to attempt natural pregnancy. Saving a child is another reason for adopting, and a noble one at that. Some feel it is a way of saving the world, one child at a time. Lately, a number of celebrities have undergone overseas adoption.
Whatever the reasons are, whether it is infant adoptions or older children adoptions, any legal adoption is a long, arduous process that requires money, patience and adoption support.
If you are interested in adopting a child, you can choose to adopt domestically or internationally. Domestic adoption is adopting a child from the same country. International or inter-country adoption is the process of adopting a child from a country different from your own and bringing the adoptive child to live with you permanently through legal means.
In 1993, The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) was held wherein an international agreement was reached to safeguard inter-country adoptions. The Convention sought to establish international standards of practices for inter-country adoptions. The agreements reached in this convention apply to all participating countries.
To learn more about the international adoption process, visit the following sites:
1.Intercountry Adoption. Under the Office of Children's Issues, United States Department of State, Intercountry Adoption provides you will all the information you need to know regarding adopting a child outside of the United States. Among the gamut of information found in their website are the following:
- Who can adopt and be adopted
- Working with an agency
- Hague Process and Non-Hague Process
- News & Statistics
- Link to different countries outlining each country's adoption process
- Required forms
2. Adoption.com. Another worthwhile site that provides important information and adoption advice regarding domestic and international adoption is Adoption.com. In addition, the site contains critical information related to women facing crisis pregnancies. This organization is especially committed to helping special needs children all over the world to find adoptive parents.
3. Adoption.org. Just like Adoption.com, Adoption.org has a wealth of information related to international and domestic adoption procedures.
These are just three of many sites with information on international adoption rules and regulations. You may want to visit websites on the following: adoption agencies, adoption profiles or parent profiles and adoption support.
If you are looking to share your love with a child who is not your own, legal adoption is the way to go. The adoption process is not for the faint of heart. It may take years for domestic and international adoptions to become final. But holding an adoptive child in your arms is well worth the wait.