Is International Adoption Quicker & Easier Than Regular Adoption?

This question is not as simple as it sounds. In some ways and in some circumstances, international adoption can indeed be quicker and easier than regular adoption. However, in other cases, international adoption can definitely take longer and be more difficult than regular adoption.

One of the biggest factors in the speed and ease of adoption has to do with the type of child you are looking for. If you are open to a minority child, for example, or to a child with a disability, you are more likely to have a quicker time in general with your adoption than if you will only accept a healthy Caucasian baby. This is true, whether you are considering an international adoption or whether you are considering a regular adoption (also called a domestic adoption). However on average, with all other things being equal, it can often be quicker to adopt through an international adoption than through regular adoption.

International adoption does tend to be more expensive than a regular adoption. A regular adoption can cost you between $0 and $35000 or more, depending on what sort of adoption agency you use or what type of adoption you are considering. An international adoption will generally cost you between $10,000 and $40,000, depending again on what type of child you are looking for, as well as what country or countries you are look at.

In some cases, an international adoption can be easier than regular adoption. Essentially, an international adoption is an agreement between a foreign court and an individual or a couple in the United States. In this regard, there may be fewer requirements that have to be met to be able to adopt via an international adoption than there would be with a regular adoption.

If you are considering adoption, you should become informed about all of the options available to you. You should talk with both public and private adoption agencies, as well as find out whatever information you can about the process of international adoption. In the long term, your adoption will be quicker and easier if you are better informed.

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