How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions, Revised and Updated

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Organized around 23 easy-to-follow steps, How to Adopt Internationally includes detailed coverage of every aspect of the international adoption process, including organizing a home study and fulfilling state requirements as well as choosing a country to adopt from, working through emigration and immigration, and traveling abroad to meet your child. This revised and updated edition also includes
  • A Compendium of Information on Participating ...
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Overview

Organized around 23 easy-to-follow steps, How to Adopt Internationally includes detailed coverage of every aspect of the international adoption process, including organizing a home study and fulfilling state requirements as well as choosing a country to adopt from, working through emigration and immigration, and traveling abroad to meet your child. This revised and updated edition also includes
  • A Compendium of Information on Participating Countries, which privides up-to-date information on 68 child-placing countries, including a summary of the adoption laws and requirements for adopting parents as well as the central authority in charge of adoption, important contact information, and the number of children sucessfully adopted by U.S. citizens in recent years.
  • Important information on the new citizenship law of 2001 and how it affects children adopted internationally.
  • Samples of most forms and documents parents will be required to provide, plus detailed information on collecting and properly preparing each document.
  • Samples and translations of referral and health information received by adoptive parents.
  • Guidelines for choosing an agency (if you decide to use one) and estimating the cost of an international adoption
  • Practical information on packing for the adoption trip, making travel arrangements, and caring for your child while abroad.
  • Worksheet for estimating adoption expenses.
  • Detailed guidelines for issues and questions addressed during the homestudy process.
  • 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.

The authors' commitment to providing accurate, up-to-date, and detailed information has made this the most widely used resource for international adoption available.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940352155
  • Publisher: Mesa House Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 Is International Adoption Right for You?
Chapter 2 Parents' Journals
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: Adoption, 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, Kenya, Liberia, 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, Romania, Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova,
Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia,
Serbia-Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey
LATIN AMERICA - Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti,
Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, 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; Fire Prevention Checklist; Form I-600A (Application for Advance
Processing of an Orphan); Consent and Approval; Form I-864A; Form I-171H
(Notification of Favorable Determination); Power of Attorney; Statement of
Competency; Jurat Form; Verification; Apostille; Form I-600 (Orphan
Petition); Form OF-230 (U.S. Visa Application); M-370 (Color photo
specifications for U.S. Visa); Affidavit of Adoptive Parent; Medical
Examination for U.S. Visa; Postplacement Supervision Report Guide; N-643
(Application for Proof of U.S. Citizenship); Form SS-5 (Social Security
Application).

Appendix of Resources and Contacts
Bibliography of Recommended Readings
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Makes a complex process seem easy

    By breaking the international adoption process into clearly explained and easy-to-follow steps, the Erichsens have helped me and other paperwork phobics get through what initially seemed like a confusing and overwhelming process. I especially appreciated all of the samples of forms and documents and the packing lists. Even though we used an adoption agency, this book was invaluable to helping us understand the process and prepare the paperwork correctly. It also helped us feel much more prepared for our adoption trip.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2003

    An updated, first-rate guide with practical and sound advice

    We have not been involved in an international adoption, but friends have adopted four siblings from Lithuania. The easy-to-follow steps of the international adoption process makes this book very user friendly. Covered are the adoption laws of dozens of child-placing countries along with samples of required documents and the approximate costs of adoption, the health concerns of Third World orphans and web sites of foreign embassies, as well as parent support groups. The book has been revised and updated in a 2003 edition, still, the prospective adoptive parents must remember that some of the information may change from one year to the next. Good luck! Our friends are very happy with their Lithuanian children. We had them over for dinner and couldn¿t believe how well-adjusted and delightful they were. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    a tremendous and comprehensive guide

    This book is a must read for anyone who is either thinking about adopting internationally or is in the process. It not only gives detailed and understandable step by step instructions, but deals with the issues adoptive parents face after they bring their child home. Ms. Erichsen's expertise in the field shines through once again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    adoption made easy

    How to Adopt Internationally is a must have book for anyone who is considering adoption or is currently going through the process. We adopted our son three years ago and this book was our bible! It explains the process each step of the way and has samples of most if not all of the endless amounts of forms that need to be filled out. It really saved on my calls to our adoption agency! We are so thankful to Jean Nelson Erichsen for writing this book which helped with the adoption of our child who has so enriched our family.

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