Adopting Domestically vs Adopting Overseas

When a couple decides to adopt a child to brighten their lives, they often become confused with diverse options. The first difficult decision the couple must take is whether to choose domestic or overseas adoption. Domestic adoption is when the parents and the child are from the same country, and overseas or international adoption is when the couple adopts a child that belongs to a different nation. There are several aspects to consider as to which option you choose such as cost, wait time, available child, and age of the child.

With domestic adoption, a couple can adopt a newborn child, and the procedures are much easier. In addition, the child is quite healthy as it does not have to travel overseas, and experience new weather conditions. It is also safer as you can receive the child’s medical records, and family history. In addition, all the meetings are conducted in English or the couple’s national language. Moreover, the couple only has to abide by the laws of their own nation as the child and couple are of the same nationality. Furthermore, you may personally know or have contact with the birth parents of the child. However, there are disadvantages to this option as well. These adoptions usually take longer, more than a year and even longer if the couple is aiming to adopt a newborn child. There are also consequences with the biological parents of the child, such as the mother of father may change their decision of making their child available for adoption after its birth. Furthermore, the couple has to meet the criteria of the birth mother if they want to adopt her child, and the child may know or meet his/her parents someday. The cost of the adoption is a total of the agency fees, attorney fees, race of the child, whether or not you choose to pay for the mother’s care.

The option for adopting a child internationally is also available. The process is much quicker than compared to that of domestic adoption and there is no shortage of children. There are many chances that the child is of different culture. This gives the couple an opportunity to embrace not only the child, but also his/her culture. The cost of adoption is usually less than that of domestic adoption, as the child may have developmental delays. The child is also no less than 3 or 4 months old and he/she may be unhealthy. The couple also cannot receive any medical or family history of the child.

The option you choose depends on your requirements and budget. However, whatever option you choose, always remember that a child is God’s gift and each child is special in its own way.