Pros and cons of intercountry adoption
If you are considering adopting a child, one of the things you will need to consider is whether to opt for a domestic adoption or an international adoption. In this article, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of intercountry adoption to provide you with more information in order to make a better-informed decision.
Intercountry adoption is usually done by a person working through an agency (or perhaps some adoption agencies) and it is often necessary to spend extended periods in the country from which you are adopting a child, usually between one and three weeks .
Aside from the potential drawbacks associated with long travel, it is also often more expensive to adopt a child from another country. These can include travel costs, legal costs, and a host of other costs that your adoption agency should be able to report to you.
International adoption can also lead to language and communication problems. If the child you are adopting has a different language than yours, it may be difficult for him to communicate at first and it may be difficult for him to adjust to a new language. Children adopted through international adoption are rarely babies due to the longer adoption process and will therefore have acquired some language skills in another language.
However, on the positive side, there is usually a greater availability of children through intercountry adoption. Many countries desperately need people to adopt children who have been orphaned, abandoned or whose parents are simply too poor to care for them. For example, many children in Africa are orphaned due to the extent of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and many girls are abandoned for cultural and political reasons in China.
Also, the regulations and requirements for international adoption are often not as strict as for domestic adoption. National regulations may include requirements related to the age of the adoptive parents, the household situation, and the requirement to take a certain number of classes. These requirements are generally not as strict for international adoption.
In international adoption, the biological mother does not change her mind either. The problem with domestic adoption in many cases is the option for the birth mother to change her mind after prospective adoptive parents have been told that they will have a child. In international adoptions this is not the case.
In conclusion, there are pros and cons of both international and national adoption; Hopefully, this article has given you a better understanding of which option is best for you and your lifestyle. International adoption can be a more expensive and lengthy process, and you may have some language difficulties; But there are also many more children available, especially of different races or cultures, and the requirements are generally not that strict and the birth mother will not change her mind about placing her child with you.