Here are the best articles we have regarding international adoption, all in one spot. We hope you enjoy rereading them again!
International Adoptive Parents
“Adoption was never on my husband’s radar in the beginning. I will admit to being the driving force behind the initial decision. As a child, the idea of adoption was always appealing. It was probably a combination of watching Who Are the DeBolts and Where Did They Get 19 Kids? and always wanting to have more children in my family than my one brother. The DeBolts fascinated me—the large family, the diversity, and the way every child was a vital part of the family regardless of special needs. It fascinated me, and I wanted to be part of it.” Why We Chose International Adoption
“While growing your family, international adoption also allows you to grow as a person. Just as your child will experience new things, you also will be challenged to adopt his culture into your lifestyle through his native language, food, art, music, and dance. The possibilities are endless! By embracing his heritage, you will reinforce your child’s self-esteem while letting him know that where he has come from is just as important as where he will someday go.” 5 Reasons International Adoption Rocks
“What I think we all know, but perhaps forget too easily in the moment, is that our child is experiencing tremendous loss and often overwhelming fear. Despite the great gift that adoption is, it comes at a great cost to the child. We may focus on the bad things the child is leaving behind, but our new child is acutely aware that she is leaving behind all that is known and familiar to her.” International Adoption | Meeting Your Child
“God calls everyone to different things. Never again will I try to figure out ‘why’ someone does something because God taught me clearly that He calls us all to different places/things. Just be willing to answer His call, no matter where He takes you.” Why Do Some People Choose to Adopt Internationally Rather Than Domestically?
“We didn’t choose to adopt a child from another country over so many kids who need loving homes. We chose to adopt a child from another country who also needed a loving home.” What I Wish You Understood About My International Adoption
“International adoption is a complex journey that leaves many parents reaching for a nonexistent playbook after the dream has become a reality–one that now squirms in your lap, looks into your eyes, and waits for you to make the first move.” Guide To Bonding With Your Internationally Adopted Child
Hopeful Adoptive Parents and International Adoption
“International adoption isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be intimidating even to those familiar with the adoption process. Despite the obstacles, though, many families decide to adopt oversees each year, offering thousands of children in need permanent and loving homes.” 7 Things You Should Know Before Choosing International Adoption
“Every child, whether biological or adopted, eventually asks, “Where did I come from?” To help establish themselves in the present and cement their sense of self (and their self-esteem), children need a sense of their history– even if that history isn’t storybook perfect.” Issues to Consider In International Adoption
“The world of international adoption…is a complicated one often portrayed in the media as either glamorous or scandalous or both…Up until the idea of international adoption entered our radar, I’d had the distinct impression that it was strictly for the wealthy and/or for people who had limitless time and resources to travel outside the country. Since then, and two adoptions later, I know that international adoption is neither glamorous or scandalous…” 5 Things You Don’t Understand About International Adoption
“When you adopt a child internationally, you adopt more than just a child. You adopt a country.” Why You Should Consider International Adoption
“When you are adopting internationally, you have to come to terms with the fact that there are just some things you are not going to know. This is true even for the most predictable of countries.” Is International Adoption Right for Me?
International Adoption Today
“According to the United States Department of State’s FY 2017 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption, only 4,714 children were adopted in the United States through intercountry adoption between October 2016 and September 2017. This is a 12% decline from 5,372 children adopted internationally to the U.S. the previous year and a 79% decline since the peak of intercountry adoptions in 2004 when I first entered the field. If intercountry adoptions continue to decline, these 5 things will happen.” 5 Things Will Happen as International Adoption Decreases
“A recent report by the State Department has shown an 80 percent decline in international adoptions since 2004. There is much speculation as to the cause, but many attribute it to simple politics. The truth is that there are countless factors involved. Even though there are plenty of families in the U.S. who are willing to open their hearts and homes to potential international adoptees, the opportunity to adopt internationally is steadily falling.” New Report Shows 80% Decline in International Adoption
“If we truly care about the well-being of children and the future of adoption, we cannot sit back and figure, “Well, we have our child, we’re done.” Our responsibilities do not end there. We must, absolutely must, file the post-placement reports which are required. To not do so can give the sending country cause for alarm, and the potential to shut down the program.” What Can We Do to Address the Current Problems in International Adoption?
“Debbie Riley, CEO of the Center for Adoption Support and Education, says there has been quite an uptick in international adoption reunions, although the actual statistics are unknown. Social media has played a huge role in the search and reunion process, with many adoptees conducting their investigations on their own or with the help of others in adoptee Facebook groups.” International Adoption Reunions on The Rise