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There are many factors to consider when choosing a country to adopt a child from. In order to assist you in your choice, Christian Adoption Services have put together a number of information sheets on different countries (see the side menu). Boys

Some of the things you need to consider when choosing a country include the following:

  • Success rate: Have other couples in Alberta adopted from this country. What is their experience? Have others tried and been unsuccessful? Using a proven country can be much easier than being a trail blazer. Some couples attempting untried countries have waited a long time, spent a great deal of money, and still have no child.
  • Country’s requirements: Countries may have age guidelines for adoptive parents, or may or may not accept singles. Check out the Alberta web site www.child.gov.ab.ca to find out the requirements, and if you are outside the requirements, check to see if exceptions are made.
  • What children are available: Knowing that it is recommended that you adopt the youngest children possible (preferably under 18 months) are children in that age range available? Is it possible to choose a boy or a girl? Are children generally healthy? What kind of care is provided? Children in Orphanages may have significant delays, is this something you can cope with. What is the likelihood of fetal alcohol syndrome in that country? Why are children placed for adoption in the country? If the children do not look like me, am I open and able to talk about differences with the child. Do I have hidden prejudices to certain races? Do I have friends or people in my church or community that look like the child to be role models? Am I prepared to make a point of developing friendships with families who are raising children who look like my child. This will be critical to the child’s self esteem.
  • How does the process work: Will there be competition between families for a child? Will the authorities read my profile and choose the child they believe will fit best in my home? Are there other families who are willing to share their experience of the process with me, and talk with me as I wait. Are there support groups in town? Is there a coordinator available or do I have to prepare my own dossier?
  • Travel: Is this a country I am comfortable traveling to? How many times is it required to make the trip? Is travel with a group available or am I on my own?
  • Time: How long is this likely to take. Is it predictable or is it sometimes longer?
  • Cost: How does it compare to other countries. When quoted a cost could there be any possible extras expenses? Is it US$ of Can$ What is the exchange rate? Is travel extra? Do I have the funds? When are they paid?
  • How will my family and friends feel about this? Will my new child be accepted, respected, and loved for who they are. Can I give my child a positive feeling about his heritage and the country he has come from. Am I open to the music, art, food, culture of his country of heritage. If I reject it he will believe I am rejecting him and who he is. Children who have little knowledge of their birth family often come to think of their homeland as their birth parent.