International Adoption

Bulgaria is a beautiful country located in Eastern Europe.  Bulgaria is a country with many thousands of children of all ages living in orphanages and who are available for adoption.  Children are referred to families through a central registry monitored by the Ministry of Justice.  The adoption process in Bulgaria requires each agency to have an attorney who will represent them and who will oversee the adoption process once a prospective adoptive family submits the paperwork for an adoption.  Our Bulgarian partner agency has years of extensive adoption experience and is very knowledgeable and is very knowledgeable about the international adoption process.

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There are no accurate statistics on how many children with special needs are waiting for adoption in China. But because of the large population of China, coupled with the difficulty of caring for a disabled child, biological parents often time abandon disabled children. These abandoned children are picked up by the police and placed into orphanages. Boys and girls with special needs are available and all of these children desperately need a family for care for them. Often times the child’s special need is minor or correctable, although there are some with profound disabilities.

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There are thousands of children living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who are in need of families. Many children live in the streets in the big cities, but those who are lucky are taken to an orphanage and cared for. WIA recently opened Arms of Love, our own orphanage, where children can live while waiting for a family. We also work with other orphanages in the DRC. Both boys and girls are available for adoption. Adoptive families can request the age and gender of the child they would like to adopt. The DRC process currently requires minimal paperwork. Once a prospective family completes a dossier and accepts the referral of a child, it takes approximately 4 months to process the adoption through the Congolese courts and finalize the adoption. Once the adoption is finalized the approval for the child’s US visa is issued can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months. When the child’s US visa is issued, the parents must travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo to pick up their child.

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Ethiopia is one of the few countries in Africa that is favorable to intercountry adoption. U.S. agencies are licensed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) which functions directly under the supervision of the Ministry of Justice. The MOJ oversees all of the inter-country adoption activity and the adoption process has many built-in safeguards. And, the U.S. Embassy coordinates closely with the Ethiopian government to ensure the eligibility of each child available for adoption. However, there is no way to accurately know how many children there are in Ethiopia who are available for adoption.

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Haiti is a beautiful Island country in the Caribbean located due east of Cuba and shares the island of Hispanola with the Dominican Republic. There are no accurate statistics published on how many children are available for adoption in Haiti. However, some estimate there are a million orphaned children in this country. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere with over 7% of the adult population unemployed. Due to political unrest and dire economic circumstances in this country, many Haitian children have been given up for adoption. Most children are under the age of 3 years old and the fees to adopt a child from Haiti are quite reasonable.

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The Taiwan waiting child adoption program is an option for parents when considering an international adoption. There are many children living in orphanages in Taiwan who have special needs and who are available for adoption. These children have varying degrees of physical problems, some minor and some severe. Some children are considered special needs because they are over the age of 5 years, but many of these children have problems which might include sight impairment, hearing impairment, missing limbs, cleft palate, correctible heart defects, Hepatitis B, or other kinds of physical problems. Many families interested in adopting a special needs child may qualify for grant money or low interest loans to help defray the cost of adoption. If you would like to see pictures of our waiting children, please contact Kathy Junk at [email protected]

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