Interested in Adoption?

November is National Adoption Month!
So I thought I’d post some of my favorite links for anyone who is interested in adoption and researching.

Orphan Sunday (this Sunday!!)

Christian Alliance for Orphans

Hope for Orphans

Cry of the Orphan

There are so many more but I think those are good places to start for folks researching adoption & orphan care.

Current adoption options:
– Domestic Infant Adoption
– US Foster Care Adoption
– Foster to Adopt
– International Adoption

There are pros and cons to each option. I’d be happy to talk to you about these.

I don’t know much about domestic adoption. When we were considering adopting an African American infant domestically we planned to work with WACAP’s AAI program. A basic overview of their program:
Place mostly infants of African-American or Biracial background, Open to couples or singles, parents ages 25-50, wait time up to a year to be chosen by a expectant mother, total cost around $25,000 – $35,000.

US Foster Care Adoption – I love Adopt American Network. Kids available through US Foster Care are often school age and older. Lots of sibling groups. Some younger children with special needs. Adoptions are free to nearly free to adopt through the US Foster Care system.

Foster to Adopt – this is when you provide foster care through your local Children’s Services and hope to adopt the child(ren) placed in your care. Remember that the goal of Children’s Services and foster care is to reunited the child with their parents – adoption will be the last resort. Costs are free to nearly free.

International Adoption – Some agencies to check out:
AAI (shameless plug)
WACAP
Gladney
Holt International
Children’s Home Society

International adoption has many different requirements depending on the country you choose to adopt from.
Infants to teens are waiting for families. Costs range from $15,000 – $40,000 (or around there). Travel is almost always required, there are very few countries that don’t require travel. US Immigration requires that one parent be 25 year old or older.

Have questions or want support?
There are Yahoo! groups and Facebook groups for most country programs and several for general support and searching.
I can also put you in touch with families who have adopted or are adopting from most country programs.

One last thing: did you know that people can and DO adopt HIV+ children?!
Did you just gasp? Yeah, common reaction. But guess what?

Children with HIV can live long, healthy lives and never develop AIDS if they have access to ARV’s!

And they do not pose a risk to your other children or family!  REALLY!  Read this!

From Positively Orphaned: HIV can NOT be spread through casual/household contact. HIV is not spread through hugging, kissing, shaking hands, sharing toys, sneezing, coughing, sharing food, sharing drinks, bathing, swimming or any other casual way. It has been proven that HIV and AIDS can only be spread through sexual contact, birth, breastfeeding and blood to blood contact (such as sharing needles).

– HIV is now considered a chronic but manageable disease. With treatment, people who are HIV+ can live indefinitely without developing AIDS and can live long and full lives.

One last excellent article to read.

Wondering how you will ever afford the cost of adoption?

Believe me…if my husband and I can do it, you can do it!  Fundraising, working an extra part-time job, no-interest loans, family/friends gifts and grants all helped us pay for our adoption!

A couple of links:
Abba Fund (including this wonderful post on the Abba Fund blog of a family adopting from Ethiopia!)
Affording Adoption – Adoptive Families Magazine
Lifesong for Orphans

Ok – now happy researching!!!

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3 Responses to “Interested in Adoption?”

  1. What is the Bible translation used for the Proverbs verse at the top of the post? I love that wording but can’t figure it out.
    Thank you for your heart & what you are doing!

    • Karen – I’m not sure! I just looked up the verse and swiped it from the ‘net. Maybe google it and see what comes up?

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