If you are considering adopting a child, you have several important decisions to make. One such decision is if you want to adopt a child from this country, which is known as a domestic adoption, or from a foreign country, also known as a foreign or international adoption. This is a deeply personal decision. But if you are comfortable with the idea of adopting a child from another culture, you will have several advantages.
One key advantage is that waiting periods for international adoptions are typically more predictable than those for domestic adoptions. According to an adoption website, adoptive parents have a 12- to 18-month wait on average when adopting internationally. Conversely, the waiting period for a domestic adoption can be longer and less predictable.
Moreover, the same adoption website states that once you have done your preparatory work and been matched with a child by the appropriate agency, you are all but guaranteed to successfully adopt that child.
And while your chances of success in carrying out an international adoption are likely quite good, there are some requirements you will have to meet. This includes filling out forms and getting approval from agencies in the United States as well as the child's country of origin.
If you are interested in pursuing an international adoption, an adoption lawyer may be able to guide you through the process. By employing the services of an experienced attorney, it is possible that you can save time and have fewer complications bringing the child into the country and then into your home.