Better Adoption is an online resource for your adoption and international adoption needs. If you’re gathering information on the adoption process, then you have come to the right place! We specialize in international adoption information and the complete adoption process.
We have multiple guides and tip pages to help you find your way through the adoption arena.
Adoption can sometimes seem like a daunting task! Don’t worry we have your back. We have put together all the info you need to start your process.
What Is Our Mission?
Better Adoption is here to assist you in the process of gathering resources and information on adoption and international adoption. There are many rules, laws, and protocols to follow when considering international adoption.
We hope to make that process a little easier for you by providing you with up to date information and resource pages that will not only help you make your decision but also guide your entire process.
You’re not in this alone. Let Better Adoption be your main source for adoption information.
Are You Considering Adoption?
Adoption can bring so much joy into so many lives. If you are considering adopting a child, we have put together a brief timeline of the process here in our about page so that you may see the process from a bird’s eye-view.
We hope you’re getting excited!
A few quick things to consider before reviewing the process.
Being an adoptive parent is a huge step in your life. You’ve already talked to your friends and family and everyone is supportive (hopefully.) If you haven’t reached out to any of your personal friends and family consider doing so.
Your choice to adopt will affect many people involved in your life. Having the right support is one of the most important things that you will need to move forward. Your new child will now potentially have new aunts and uncles, friends and grandparents.
It’s ok to talk about it with others! You might even find extremely valuable advice on raising children. I’m sure you know lots of parents and may have noticed their parenting skills.
Take a moment to evaluate how others do their parenting. Maybe make a list of all the things you love about how others raise their children. You might have even raised children of your own, use this opportunity to reflect on the good things and areas that you would like to improve upon.
The Adoption Process (in a nutshell)
- Research – This is maybe one of the most important of the preadoption steps. Do your research! Better Adoption is dedicated to giving you the correct information. Start here with your process and you will be an adoption pro!
- Find an Agency – After you have done some pre-research you need to find an adoption agency to help facilitate the adoption. If you are set on a particular country of origin, you will need to find an agency that has a history with that country. Just like with anything there are good and bad organizations so make sure to take your time and find the right one for you.
- Preadoption Tasks – One thing we at Better Adoption advise is doing some things beforehand that will make the later steps a lot easier. Now that you have made up your mind for sure you can start getting some things out of the way like the background check and fingerprinting. Having these done will show all parties involved that you are serious about this journey.
- Adoption Application – Next you will have to start on the paperwork and adoption application. This part of the process is straight forward, there is a fee and you will need to have some of the information that you have already gathered from the research and preadoption tasks.
- Documentation –You will need to fill out documents with your state, federal documents and the foreign country from which you are adopting. There are a lot of different things you will need including medical history and financial information. Make multiple copies of everything you need so that you can pass them on to the different government agencies.
- Finances – You will need to make sure you have your finances in order. You must provide your net worth, banking statements, and proof of income. This is something that helps to get out of the way during the preadoption tasks part of the process. You also need to consider how much the total adoption process will cost including travel. Find out more below.
- Home Study – Once you have found your agency and completed the application and preadoption steps you will be scheduled a home visit by a social worker. They will visit your home to interview you and any family members who live in the home. See more about home study here.
- Travel to Country – You will have to travel to the country where you are adopting to meet the child and bring them home. You need to have all your passports and travel arrangements made. You must also prepare a visa and contact immigration so that your child may start the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. Info on that here.
- Post Placement – Once you have made it back home and are settled in, a social worker will return to your home to check up on the child to make sure everything is going well. This can sometimes take multiple visits and even years when dealing with international adoption.
Now that you know what it takes to get there, we hope you have a better understanding of the entire process. There is a lot involved with international adoption and for good reason but don’t let it get you overwhelmed.
That is why we’re are here, to help guide the process and make things as easy for you as possible. We want you to succeed in your adoption and go on to raise your adopted child in an awesome environment with a new wonderful family.
There are many fees associated with international adoption so you will need to make sure you are ready for this financially and if you need help with some of the fees and traveling you will want to consider funding options.
When adopting internationally you should expect to pay anywhere from $20-$40,000. This includes all fees and travel.
Below is a list of ways to raise the money for international adoption.
List of Fundraising Options
- Benefits – BBQs, bake sales, raffle tickets, walk-a-thons, and charity benefits.
- Loans – Some organizations will offer you a loan if you qualify and meet all of the financial standards. You may also have the credit to take out a personal loan, look into all options.
- Grants – There are multiple grant programs for people who wish to adopt internationally, usually hosted by organizations that aid in helping families adopt.
- Donations – One of the easiest ways to get funding is through donations, there are a ton of donation methods including asking family members and friends as well as setting up online donation pages such as gofundme.
Now that you know a little more about the financial side of international adoption you can start planning your adoption.
We are passionate about parents and children finding each other and starting a new and better life.
Planning is one of the most effective ways to make sure you have everything you need to adopt. Start now. Record everything, every step of the way so you will have complete records of it later.
The family unit is a precious thing. We at Better Adoption believe that every family should have values and goals.
Some helpful family values to build upon:
- Think of consequences before you act
- Discuss right and wrong and moral standing
- Spend as much time together as a family as possible
- Only keep good upstanding people around you
- Show love and compassion to everyone
- Always listen to what others have to say
- Always maintain safety
- Last and not least – be honest
Having a family and being a parent is one of the most satisfying parts of living life. Don’t let anything get in your way of achieving what makes you happy.
Better Adoption is here to provide you with as much information as possible. Our goal is to make sure you have all the resources you need to start this process at your fingertips (tap, tap, tap, indistinctive typing on keyboard)
We hope that your journey is fruitful! Make sure to click through our links and pages to find everything you need.
Let Better Adoption help you to find your prospective child a forever home with your family.
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