D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s processes international adoptions from countries around the world. These countries include China, India, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Bulgaria and more.
Availability for adoption is continually changing. D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s provides the home study, local support, education and training and post placement supervision on behalf of international agencies. These agencies include Holt International, America World, Chinese Children Adoption International, Children’s Home Society and Family Services, and La Vida International.
In fact, D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s can provide these services to any family wishing to pursue an international adoption with an agency approved to place children in the state of Michigan.
Facts About Adoption
Infants and toddlers are available for international adoption. Children of all ages, including babies under 12 months old, may be available, but this is dependent upon the specific country.
Families that adopt internationally are families with desire, flexibility and love to accept and raise a child not born to them and perhaps of a different race and/or ethnicity.
Cost to adopt a child internationally usually range anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 depending on the country, travel requirements and other variable costs.
The amount of time it takes to receive a child through international adoption is dependent upon the country and varies significantly following completion of an approved home study.
Children adopted internationally must adjust to a new country, culture, climate, language, diet, and possibly race. There may be a history of infection or a current illness, so we encourage you to consult a medical professional to help you evaluate the child’s present condition. These children may have also experienced institutionalization, multiple caregivers, possible abuse or neglect and/or loss of a birth family. These children are in need of a loving, caring family just like any child.
Each country has its own requirements in terms of age, length of marriage, single applicant requirements, number of other children in the family and so on.
In addition to those requirements, you must be at least age 25 and at least one parent must be a U.S. citizen. Both parents must be U.S. residents or have satisfied requirements of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including income requirements. Adoptive parents are encouraged to have reasonable child care plans where consistency is part of the child’s life.
Pregnancy may result in the termination of your international adoption process even if you have been assigned a child, depending upon the unique rules of each country.
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