Each year over 20,000 foreign-born children are adopted by families in the United States making international adoption a very viable option for prospective parents to consider. The below selected books aides in the adoption process including progressive steps of paperwork and parent education; making careful choices about an agency and an adoption professional will help ensure a successful outcome, and will help parents learn about the very personal aspect of adoptive parenting.
The Decision: Transracial or Same Race Adoption
Before deciding to adopt internationally across racial lines, parents need to understand the importance of helping a child “claim” his or her cultural and racial heritage, in a relational, authentic way with others of the ethnicity. Children being raised within a Caucasian family will experience issues with racism; making the decision to adopt transracially involves the parents’ willingness to help the child face these challenges.
Family Issues in Transracial Adoption
Adoption is a lifetime process. An international adoptee needs to feel supported by his or her family, and family discussions about adoption and racial issues need to updated and revisited on a regular basis. Prospective moms and dads should assess their abilities to be open and flexible, as transracial international adoption requires parents to become educated advocates for their children.
|Adoptions ’06||Time||Children < 1year||Gender||Estimated Cost||Childcare System|
|China||6,493||slow||25-49%||mostly girls (95%)||$20-25,000||orphanage|
|Korea||1,376||slow||>75%||more boys (60%)||$20-25,000||fostercare|
|Vietnam||163||fast||50-75%||more girls (60%)||$20-28,000||orphanage|
Adoption information on sending countries changes frequently, please verify.