You’ve decided you would like to hear the laughter of a child in your home. For whatever reason, whether medical or personal, you’ve decided that you would like to adopt a child. More important, you’ve decided that you would like to try and adopt a child from another country.
The reward for adopting a child from another country is a lifetime of memories and a child to love and call your own. However, the path from start to finish is a long and somewhat difficult one. While you can try to do it on your own, it’s best if you utilize the services of an adoption agency overseas.
Before you choose an adoption agency overseas, it is important that you do some careful research. Here are some tips that will help you select a good agency. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a better chance of navigating the inter-country adoption process more smoothly.
Talk to other families who have adopted from overseas-The more people you talk to and find out what agency they used, the better. There are many forums devoted to adoption from other countries. Join them and read through the forum. Ask for recommendations, people will gladly share their positive and negative experiences about agencies with you.
Contact your state government. You should find out if the agencies in your area are licensed. By law, any agency operating in your state must be licensed. See if there were any complaints made to your state against the adoption agency, by other people. It’s also always a good idea to check with your local Better Business Bureau when you have an adoption agency in mind.
Don’t go with just one adoption agency overseas. It’s important that you meet with as many agencies as you possibly can. Get as much information from them as possible. Get specific information about things such as what services they offer, their operations, and procedures in writing.
Before you sign a contract with any adoption agency overseas, make sure that get the following information in writing:
Sample contract for adoption services
Written statement of all estimated expenses and complete fees
Adoption policies and procedures. They should also include in this all general adoption eligibility criteria
Provide a list of individuals or organizations that are not directly affiliated to the agency which can aid you with your adoption, along with the costs of those services
How many adoptions the agency handles yearly. They should also disclose to you in writing how many of those adoptions have remained intact.
Being a parent is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Adopting a child from another country can be difficult. However, as long as you follow the tips outlined in this article, you should be able to find the right overseas adoption agency to make the process easier.