There are an estimated 140 million orphans worldwide. each one deserves a loving family that will provide a permanent home.
Thankfully, Americans are responding to this need as, every year, our nation welcomes more
children into homes through international adoption than any other nation.
Children of the World currently offers international adoption programs for India and China. Below we have information about the general International Adoption Process, The Hague Adoption Convention, and how you can learn more about beginning your own adoption journey.
International Adoption Process
The adoption process varies from country to country, but the majority of intercountry adoptions follow the same basic steps:
- Selecting your adoption service provider
- Gaining approval to adopt (Home Study)
- Being matched with a child
- Adopting or obtaining legal custody of the child in the foreign country
- Applying for a visa for the child to move to the United States
- Traveling home with your child
To complete an adoption abroad and bring a child into the United States, you must fulfill the requirements of three separate governmental authorities:
- The foreign country in which the child resides
- U.S. federal immigration
- Your state of residence.
Consequently, there are numerous documents required, and the process can be both complex and lengthy, but your adoption service provider is there to walk you through each step and help you navigate all three systems.
The Hague Adoption Convention
Much of intercountry adoption is governed by the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Hague Adoption Convention is an international agreement to safeguard intercountry adoption. The principles of the Convention include:
- Ensuring that Intercountry adoption takes place in the best interest of children
- Preventing the abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children
- Facilitating communication between Central Authorities in countries of origin and destination countries
Therefore, many of the children available for adoption internationally have mild to severe special needs and are considered un-adoptable in their native country. Without loving and caring adoptive parents outside their native countries, these children would never have forever families.
Children of the World is pleased to be licensed in China and India to place children with loving U.S. families. Many of these children have very mild or already corrected medical diagnoses. Some have very severe conditions. All of our families are free to designate specific conditions or degree of special needs that they feel prepared to parent.
For a more complete overview of intercountry adoption, provided by the U.S. Department of State, visit here.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18
Learning More About International Adoption
Ready to learn more about international adoption, and how Children of the World can play a part?
Visit our Beginning Your Journey Page for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), review the minimum criteria for prospective adoptive parents, find resources to educate yourself on the topic, and learn how to begin the adoption process.