Adopting a child is seldom a simple process, and national borders and oceans only serve to complicate matters. Some couples may get mentally locked into adopting a child from one particular country, only to have their hopes dashed by a flat-out refusal from that nation to accommodate their adoption request. International adoptions demand flexibility of those who pursue their methods.
Several factors may have to be considered before prospective adoptive parents actually go through with contacting another country’s authorities, including any eligibility requirements that may serve to disqualify them (the parents), average wait times for adoptions to be processed, and average costs of an adoption in that country.
Consideration must also be shown for whether or not a country is a party to the Hague Adoption Convention. Though not always mandatory, it is nonetheless strongly urged of couples seeking international adoptions to enlist the services of an international adoption agency when applicable.
On top of the above, adopting a child from a foreign land is almost guaranteed to involve travel to the potential adoptee’s home country and a period of temporary residence there. Prospective adoptive parents interacting with an agency will want to see that travel fees and all other costs that could arise in international adoptions are outlined in an easy-to-follow chronological schedule.