Adoption

 

Adoption

About 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Approximately 59 percent of these adoptions occur through child welfare (or foster) system whereas 26 percent are the result of international adoptions, and 15 percent are voluntarily relinquished by their American biological parents. Due to the frequency of adoptions, the process of adopting a child involves two main areas: a process involving a social welfare agency and adoption agency and a process involving the courts or in the case of international adoptions USCIS which will manage the adopted child’s immigration into the United States.

Read and find a number of resources on adoption procedures across the globe. This section contains information on how to adopt, process in domestic and international locations, how much an adoption costs, birth parents and relatives, along with a host of related topics. Read articles on assessing, developing, and evaluating adoption programs and services, recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, obtaining and providing post-adoption services, the impact of adoption, and more.

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Adoption and Same-Sex Couples: Types of Adoption

When you are just starting out thinking about adoption, you may struggle to keep track of all the options.  Adopting …

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Adopting a Child Through a State Licensed Agency

Adopting a Child Through a State Licensed Agency

Agency adoption, in a nutshell, is an adoption process that is carried out by an agency licensed by a state. …

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How to Adopt a Child

When couples decide to tie the knot, it isn’t uncommon for the idea of children to follow. Sometimes the plan …

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Important Facts About Same Sex Adoption

Important Facts About Same-Sex Adoption

Adoption has become a positive and widely accepted topic today. With the corresponding acceptance of same-sex marriage in many states, …

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Glossary of Adoption Terms

Glossary of Adoption Terms

If you are a prospective adoptive parent exploring to have your child adopted or simply a professional in the area …

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