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Intercountry Adoption


Like other kinds of adoption, intercountry adoption can be expensive, time-consuming, and somewhat uncertain. It is important to learn as much as possible about intercountry adoption by reading books, attending parent support groups, and talking with people who have adopted from abroad. Being well-informed, maintaining a strong commitment, and working with a good agency will enable you to adopt a child from abroad successfully.

Intercountry adoption has fulfilled the dreams of hundreds of thousands of parents over the years and continues to provide them joy and intense satisfaction. Those parents are clear that intercountry adoption was well worth the effort, and many have adopted internationally several times over. They claim that their family's ties to their child's native culture has expanded their horizons in many different ways. Most families have made lifelong commitments to develop their child's knowledge of, and appreciation for, his or her native culture.

Reading List

Gilman, Lois. The Adoption Resource Book. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.

Immigration and Naturalization Service. The Immigration of Adopted and Prospective Adoptive Children (M-249 Booklet). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1990. Write INS Outreach Program, Room 1418, 425 I St., N.W., Washington, DC 20536 or call 1-800-755-0777.

International Concerns for Children. Report on Intercountry Adoption 2001. Boulder, CO: ICC, 80303 (includes 10 monthly updates). (303) 494-8333. http://www.iccadopt.org

Knoll, Jean and Murphy, Mary-Kate. International Adoption: Sensitive Advice for Prospective Parents. Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 1994.

Miller, Margi and Nancy Ward. With Eyes Wide Open: A Workbook for Parents Adopting International Children Over Age One. MN: Children's Home Society of Minnesota, 1996. http://www.chsm.com

Nelson-Erichsen, Jean, Erichsen, Heino R., and Gantley, Juleen. How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency Directed and Independent Adoptions. The Woodlands, TX: Los Niños International Adoption Center, 1992. http://www.losninos.org

Wirth, Eileen M. and Worden, Joan. How to Adopt a Child from Another Country. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1993.

National Adoptive Parent Support Groups and Information Services

National Council for Single Adoptive Parents, P.O Box 55, Wharton, NJ 07885. Information service which publishes a source book of domestic and intercountry adoption agencies willing to place with single applicants. http://www.adopting.org/ncsap.html

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), 970 Raymond Avenue, Ste. 106, St. Paul, MN 55114-1149, (651) 644-3036. Nonprofit coalition of individuals and local adoptive parent support groups. http://www.nacac.org

Adoptive Families Magazine, 2472 Broadway, Ste. 377, New York, NY 10024, (800) 372-3300. Adoptive Families magazine is the nation's leading adoption magazine.

Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS), 1320 Nineteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 429-0400. JCICS is the oldest and largest affiliation of licensed, nonprofit international adoption agencies in the world. Membership also includes parent groups, advocacy organizations, and individuals interested in intercountry adoption. http://www.jcics.org/

Families With Children From China (FCC), 255 W. 90th Street-11C, New York, NY 10024. Network of parent support groups across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden supporting Chinese adoption. http://fwcc.org

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA), P. O. Box 2944, Merrifield, VA 22116, (703) 560-6184. National network of parent support groups for families adopting from the former Soviet Union. http://www.frua.org

Latin American Parents Association (LAPA), P. O. Box 339, Brooklyn, NY 11234, (718) 236-8689. Support network for parents who plan to adopt or have adopted children from Central and South America. http://www.lapa.com

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