How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions, Revised and Updated Edition for 2003 (Paperback)
by Jean Nelson-Erichsen (Author), Heino R. Erichsen (Author)
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 a reputable 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, Bulgaria, China, Korea, 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 USCIS forms, contacting Embassies and agencies overseas, finding country-specific adoptive parent 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.
From Library Journal
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 Ninos 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.
From the Publisher
How to Adopt Internationally is a comprehensive, up-to-date, step-by-step guide through the international adoption process that features:
- 23 steps that include detailed coverage of every aspect 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.
- 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.
- Samples of actual referral and health information received by adoptive parents.
- Detailed instructions for estimating the costs of an international adoption.
- Information on interviewing, evaluating, and selecting the best agency, should you decide to proceed with an agency-initiated adoption.
- Up-to-date and in-depth information on the adoption laws and requirements for 68 child-placing countries, including Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Guatemala, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia.
- Separate chapter on health concerns of orphans from developing countries.
- Practical advice on packing for the adoption trip and caring for your child while overseas.
- Internet (URL) references for finding important information regarding international adoption on the World Wide Web, including sites for downloading USCIS forms, contacting Embassies overseas, finding adoptive parent support groups, up-to-date travel information, and much more.
About the Author
Jean Nelson-Erichsen and Heino R. Erichsen are long-time experts in the field of international adoption and were among the first U.S. citizens to adopt children from overseas back in the early 70s. Since then, the Erichsens have committed their life to helping others successfully adopt foreign-born children.
The Erichsens are founders of Los Ninos International, a nonprofit adoption agency in The Woodlands, Texas, and have placed more than 2,500 foreign-born children in loving U.S. homes. The Erichsens are the proud parents of three Colombian-born children, three biological children and several grandchildren.