International Adoption

Some parents may prefer to give a home to a child from another country. Most foreign-born children adopted in the United States come from Russia, China, Korea, India, and countries in Eastern Europe, Central America, and South America. More than 700 private U.S. agencies place children from foreign countries; a few countries allow families to work with attorneys rather than agencies.

However, it is not necessarily easier to look outside the borders of the United States for a child. There are strict immigration requirements for international adoptions, as well as substantial agency fees and transportation, legal, and medical costs.

Prospective parents should consider the emotional and social implications of adopting a child of a different nationality. Agencies seek families who will help a child learn about and appreciate his native culture because it is part of who he or she is.

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