International Adoption

Bless These Children

04 Nov

Today’s post is a Guest Post from Eileen W., mother to two children adopted from China. The last few blog posts have focused on things that people say to adoptive parents.  As an adoptive parent myself, reading these posts has made me even more aware of my own answers to questions and comments made by strangers or vague acquaintances. Today

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Guatemala Issues Decree Allowing Families to Finalize Adoptions

16 Sep

In 2007, Guatemala suspended adoptions amid allegations of fraud and deceit, and left dozens of U.S. families who had already been matched with children in limbo.  While the decree is not expected to solve all adoptions that were halted, there are 44 children who will immediately fall under the decree.  Another almost 400 families though are still left hanging. When

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International Adoption Update

31 Jul

2010 International Adoption Statistics – According to the U.S. Department of State, the number of children adopted internationally by Americans fell to a 15-year low in 2010.  This decrease of 13 percent overall resulted in a total of 11,059 adoptions last year.  The top five countries that Americans adopted from are China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine. Japan –

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Adopting from Ethiopia

26 Jul

Adopting a child from Ethiopia has become a more popular option, especially as other countries have either halted or slowed down international adoptions.  Over 2,500 children were adopted from Ethiopia in 2010, fostering specific play groups and family groups for those with children adopted from Ethiopia. Children adopted from Ethiopia are usually under four years old, with 38% being under

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Adopting from Russia

18 Jul

It seems as though adoptions and adoption issues make the news quite often.  Whether it’s about celebrities adopting in far away country or international government power struggles between countries delaying adoptions currently in process.  So what are the options if you’ve decided an international adoption is right for your family? One popular option for U.S. families is Russia.  This is

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Adopting from China

26 May

China has been a popular country for international adoptions since 1992 when China first began allowing adoptions of Chinese children by Americans.  During the 2005 at the peak of China adoptions, 7,906 children were adopted from China.  By comparison, only 3,901 were adopted in 2009.  There are many speculative reasons as to why the slow down, but the bottom line

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