How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions (2000-2002)

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How to Adopt Internationally is organized around 23 easy-to-follow steps that lead readers through every phase of the international adoption process from finding an agency and organizing a home study to choosing a country to adopt from, working through emigration and immigration, traveling abroad, and adjusting to a new life with a child. The book includes detailed instructions for estimating the cost of an international adoption and also provides samples of almost all forms and documents parents will be required...
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Overview

How to Adopt Internationally is organized around 23 easy-to-follow steps that lead readers through every phase of the international adoption process from finding an agency and organizing a home study to choosing a country to adopt from, working through emigration and immigration, traveling abroad, and adjusting to a new life with a child. The book includes detailed instructions for estimating the cost of an international adoption and also provides samples of almost all forms and documents parents will be required to fill out or provide including sample guidelines used to conduct a home study. The last half of the book provides up-to-date and in-depth information on the adoption laws and requirements for 68 child-placing countries including Russia, Romania, Ukraine, China, Korea, Vietnam, Guatemala, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia. This latest edition also includes Internet addresses for finding important updates regarding international adoption on the World Wide Web including sites for downloading INS forms, contacting Embassies and agencies overseas, finding country-specific adoptive parent support support groups, up-to-date travel information, and much more. This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to international adoption available anywhere.
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Individuals desiring to adopt children from other countries will find this book extremely valuable. As parents of three adopted Colombian children and founders of the nonprofit adoption agency Los Ni os International, Nelson-Erichsen and Erichsen well understand the adoption process on both personal and professional levels. They have broken down the international adoption process into 23 detailed, easy-to-follow steps, from selecting an agency to adapting to life with an adopted child. The adoption laws of 86 child-placing countries, samples of required documents, the approximate costs of international adoption, and the health concerns of Third World orphans are covered, and the web sites of foreign embassies and parent support groups are listed. The reader must keep in mind that this type of information changes constantly. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding source for public libraries and special libraries dealing with adoption.--Mee-Lee Hom, Hunter Coll. Lib., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940352131
  • Publisher: Mesa House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1 Is International Adoption Right for You?
Chapter 2 A Parent's Journal
Chapter 3 Understanding International Adoption: An Overview
Chapter 4 Choosing the Right Agency
Chapter 5 Obtaining State Approval: The First Steps
Chapter 6 Preliminary INS Approval
Chapter 7 Application to a Foreign Source
Chapter 8 The Referral
Chapter 9 Filing the Orphan Petition
Chapter 10 The Adoption Trip
Chapter 11 Meeting Your Child
Chapter 12 Preparing for the Trip Home: Emigration and Immigration
Chapter 13 A Parent's Guide to Health Problems of Third World Orphans
Chapter 14 After You Return Home: Postplacement, Readoption, and Citizenship
Chapter 15 Parenting the Adopted Child

Compendium of Information for Child-Placing Countries
AFRICA - Ethiopia, Sierra Leone)
ASIA - Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
EUROPE - Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey
LATIN AMERICA - Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad, Tobago, Venezuela
OCEANIA - Marshall Islands

Index to Sample Forms and Documents
Home Study Guidelines; Statement of Net Worth; Medical History; Police Clearance; Letters of Reference; Photos for Home Study; Environmental Health Checklist; I-600A (Application for Advance); Consent and Approval; FD-258 (Fingerprint Chart); I-171H (Notification of Favorable Determination); Power of Attorney; Statement of Competency; Jurat Form; Verification; Apostille; I-600 (Orphan Petition); I-604 (Request for Overseas Orphan Investigation); OF-230 (U.S. Visa Application); M-378 (Color photo specifications for U.S. Visa); Medical Examination for U.S. Visa; Postplacement Supervision Report Guide;
N-643 (Application for U.S. Citizenship)

Appendix of Resources and Contacts
Bibliography of Recommended Readings
Glossary of Adoption Terms
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2000

    This Really is a 'How To' Guide!

    I have relied on the information in this book many times during the adoption-in-progress of my own child. It is extremely well organized and explains the process and the paperwork required. It even includes samples of the forms typically encountered in the adoption process. It is a source of information complementary to what my international agency provides, and has increased my confidence that things are proceeding as they should. Tips like what kind to expect in a home study and what questions to ask when that important referral call comes makes this book compare to a knowledgeable friend who has been through the process. It provides a lot of information but is not a thick, wordy volume that is intimidating to read. There is a special section on the health problems one might expect to see in third-world orphans. Another section provides country-by-country adoption information, which is helpful if you are still trying to choose a country. It also includes a wealth of up-to-date resources for further information, including web sites, contacts for various organizations, and recommended reading.

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