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Adoption Options: What Type of Adoption is Best for You?

Highlights from January 4, 2012 Creating a Family radio show



What’s the difference between domestic adoption and international adoption and foster care adoption? What are the requirements for each type of adoption?  How does the process for each type of adoption differ? How do you know which option is right for you?  Join me to talk about domestic infant adoption, domestic foster care adoption, and international adoption.

  • What factors should you consider when deciding on the type of adoption?
  • What are the main differences in domestic adoption, international adoption, and foster care adoption?
  • What age child or baby is available when adopting from another country?
  • How young are babies adopted in the US?
  • What age children are available for adoption from foster care?
  • What are the different ways to adopt from foster care?
  • How much information will you receive on the child’s health with domestic private adoption?
  • Foreign adoption? Foster care adoption?
  • How much information is available on the prenatal care and habits of the birth mother when adopting from another country (international adoption)?
  • How much information is available on the prenatal care and habits of the birth mother when adopting a newborn in the US or when adopting a child from US foster care?
  • Can you get information on the biological family’s medical history or medical records with international adoption, or domestic private adoption?
  • What about when adopting a child from the state?
  • Are you allowed to select the sex of the baby when you adopt from another country through international adoption?
  • Will adoption agencies allow you to choose the gender?
  • Can you choose the sex of the child you adopt when you adopt a baby or child in the US?
  • Can you specify what age child you want to adopt when adopting from Ethiopia, China, Russia, Taiwan, Korea, Bulgaria, Ghana, or any other country?
  • What age children, toddlers, and babies are available for adoption in the US and can you choose what age you want to adopt?
  • How much paperwork is involved with international adoption, domestic adoption and foster care adoption.
  • Can the biological parents (birth mother or birth father) change their mind and get the child back when you adopt a child in the US?
  • Is it possible for birthmothers to undo an adoption in international adoption?
  • How long does it take to adopt an infant or child in the US?
  • How long will adoptive parents have to wait for either a private adoption of a newborn or adopting a baby or child from foster care?
  • What is the waiting time for adopting a child from Korea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Colombia, Peru, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, or any other foreign country?
  • What is open adoption?
  • How much contact is required between adoptive parents and birth parents (birthmother and/or birth father or birth grandparents) in an open adoption?
  • Are adoptions from foster care open?
  • Does the adopted child maintain contact with his/her biological family.
  • Is it possible to have an open international adoption where the adoptive family has contact with the birth mother or birth family?
  • How old can you be and still adopt internationally?
  • What are the age limits for international adoption?
  • Are their age restrictions when adopting a baby in the US?
  • Can older parents adopt from foster care?
  • Can single woman adopt internationally?
  • Can single woman adopt an infant in the US?
  • Can single woman adopt from foster care in the US?
  • How much travel and how many trips are required when adopting a child from another country?
  • Do you always have to travel to adopt a child internationally or can the child be escorted to the US?
  • How do you adopt a child from another state in the US?
  • How long will you have to stay in the state where the child was born?
  • Can you adopt a child in foster care in another state?
  • How much does it cost to adopt internationally?
  • How much does it cost to adopt a newborn domestically in the US?
  • What is the cost of foster care adoption?

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