Americans are inexhaustibly blessed. From the minute we stretch our legs in the morning, it is easy to take for granted the colorfully stocked grocery stores, clean drinking water, and stylish conveniences we enjoy throughout the day. What better way is there to show love to a world in need than the adoption of a child without basic care and a loving home? International adoption is a serious decision, but if you are considering building your family in this way, here are some wonderful countries to consider:
Adopting from Malawi is affordable for an international adoption (between $28,000 and $32,000) and the in-country travel time is less than four weeks. Children between eighteen months and fifteen years old can be adopted. Most orphans have been abandoned due to poverty and social problems. Families from the U.S. can provide these children with an optimistic future that they would not have had otherwise. Pop singer Madonna adopted two five-year-old twin girls from Malawi in 2017.
Children available for adoption in South Korea are between 1 and 6 years old at placement, with some minor, treatable special needs. Two trips to the country are required, but these are each only five to seven days in length. Since South Korea is a modern country, there are lots of American restaurants and comforts available, although you may want to sample some local cuisine of your child’s birth nation. Eligible Americans are between 25 and 40 years of age, with no more than one divorce in each prospective parent’s past.
Married couples can adopt from Haiti if they are over 30 and have been married for over five years, singles can adopt if they are between 35 and 49 years old. Adoptable children are between 6 months and 16 years old, siblings groups are also available. Unrelated children may also be adopted at the same time in Haiti on a case-by-case basis. The first trip a prospective parent takes to Haiti is for familiarization, and is fifteen days long. The second trip, to adopt the child, is about a week in length.
The costs for adoption in Ukraine are reasonable, from $30,000 to $36,000 a year. Children available for adoption are usually over 5 years old and in sibling groups typically of three or more. There are also children 14 months old and older with special needs who are ready to be adopted. To be eligible to adopt in Ukraine, you need to be married and between 15 and 45 years older than the child you are adopting. Parents completing adoptions travel twice: the first time between four and six weeks to bond with their child, and the second time for a week to ten days to pick up their child.
While the size of this African country is miniature compared to others, Burundi has one of the highest birthrates in the world. Prospective parents can adopt healthy boys and girls at ages 18 months old and older, although all potential adoptive parents must be open to adopting children over 5 years old. Sibling groups of over two or more children are available, and adoptions of one or more unrelated children at the same time is permitted. In order to adopt from Burundi, you must be at least 30 years old and married for at least five years.
The costs of adopting from China are reasonable for an international adoption; it is around $35,000 including travel and in-country expenses. Children ages 1 to 13 are ready to be adopted. While all are said to have some type of developmental need, more than half of these are minor and correctable (such as a cleft palate or orthopedic issues). Married American couples between 30 and 49 years old may adopt, and single women over 30 are also eligible.
If you wish to adopt from India, you need to be married for at least two years and the parent of less than two children unless you are interested in adopting a child with special needs. Children over the age of 2, and more females than males, are available. India requires only one trip that is seven to ten days in length. Costs are usually between $28,000 and $35,000.