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Choosing the Right Country

You can adopt in several different ways. One of those ways is to adopt internationally. Once you've decided to adopt internationally, the next hardest decision you'll probably make is which... [more]

International Homestudy

Once you have arranged to work with an international adoption agency, the agency will assign you a licensed social worker to begin your homestudy. A homestudy is required for all internatio... [more]

Turning Down a Referral

What Happens If I Refuse a Referral? International adoption offers so many choices: good choices, difficult choices, complicated choices. While most people never even consider the po... [more]

General Costs Overview


In a word, yes. If the child you adopt internationally enters the U.S. on an IR-3 visa and fits the USCIS definition of “orphan,” your child will be a U.S. citizen thanks to t... [more]



Travel Warnings

International Adoption Glossary of Terms

Where Do I Start?
Deciding to Adopt, Glossary, Pros & Cons, Restrictions & Requirements

Ask the Adoption Doctor
Newest Questions, Archives, Specialist Bios

Country Information
Recent Trends, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Korea, Russia, Ukraine

Types of International Adoption
Agency, Camp-to-Adopt, Facilitator, Independent, Intercountry Adoption of a Relative, Military & Overseas, Special Needs

How To Adopt
Choose a Country, Select a Professional, International Homestudy, Dossier, I-600A

Finding Your Child
Choosing the Right Country, Referrals, Accepting a Referral, Turning Down a Referral, Photolistings

International Photo Listing
International Photo Listing

Money Considerations
Encouraging Your Employer to Offer Adoption Benefits, General Costs Overview, International Adoption Costs, Raising Money for Adoption, State & Federal Tax Benefits, Employer Benefits, Military Adoption Benefits, Subsidies

Legal Considerations
Adopting / Re-adopting in the U.S., Country Regulations, State Laws, international visas

Issues to Consider
Infertility, Adoption Language, Considering International Adoption? You May Meet Some Criticism, Race/Culture, Recent Decline of International Adoption, Birthfamily Search, The Importance of Names for Adoptees

Waiting For Your Child
Insurance, Involve Family, Lifebooks & Journals, Locate Service Providers, Prepare Siblings, Take Care of Yourself

Child Health
Attachment & Bonding, Medical Issues in Internationally Adopted Children, Disabiities Reference Library, Evaluations & Adoption Medicine, Language Development

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Ricardo Miguel likes to be called Mikey. He is a smart, talkative, sweet and super active boy who still preserves that childhood innocence. He likes to run, play a lot with... [more]
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