TYPES OF ADOPTION:*
Private Domestic Adoption: Adopting an infant through a
private agency, attorney or faciliator. There are generally more
people wanting to adopt infants than there are infants available;
therefore, there may be a long wait before a child is identified for you.
Domestic adoptions may either be open (all parties have access to
identifying information) or closed (all identifying information is kept
International Adoption: Adopting a child from another country is
complicated and expensive. Some countries have significantly reduced
the number of children that are available to be adopted, and others have
eliminated international adoption entirely. Nonetheless, there are agencies that can help you with international adoption. For information on adopting a child from another country, call the Office of Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State-888-407-4747 or adoption.state.gov.
Foster Adoption: These are children whose birthparents cannot care for them and whose parental rights have been terminated. There are currently over 100,000 foster children in the United States who are waiting to be adopted.
AdoptUSKids has a database listing thousands of these children who are waiting for loving, permanent homes. www.adoptuskids.org.
For more information about foster-adoption, and for a list of recommended agencies, please visit:
* The information above is from the National Adoption Center - www.adopt.org
To learn more about how foster adoption can make a difference in the life of a child,
read this personal account written by a long-term foster mother: Invisible Orphans