These are the new faces of international adoption.
Across the globe and agency-wide, the profiles of children needing homes – and coming home to families – has changed. The children most requested by adoptive families – healthy infant girls – are finding families more frequently in their birth countries. Finally, children with special needs, older children and boys are first in line for international adoption!
This changing need in adoption reflects broader changes in many of the countries where Holt works. Economies are growing, giving more birth families the resources to care for their children. Domestic adoption is becoming more socially accepted, enabling more children to find adoptive families in their birth countries. At Holt, we see this as a reason to celebrate!
What does all this mean? It means lots of smiles on the faces of children who now have families.
News coverage of these changes is not always so positive. And some of the changes also pose new challenges. As you read about new developments within the adoption process around the world, or the growing number of special needs adoptions, you may likely wonder:
What will the process look like for me?
What country should I choose?
And could I handle a "special needs" adoption?
These are perfectly reasonable questions. We're here to help answer them. At every step of the process, we'll help guide you through every important decision and help you prepare for what to expect.
The cost for adoption and the length of time it takes to complete the process varies depending on which country you choose. But the following is a typical process for international adoption: