September 26, 2021

Children for Adoption

There is much in the saying that children for adoption soon become children of genetics and whether you adopt a child locally or from a foreign country, nothing can be more socially charitable and personally enriching than this singular act of faith and hope. The first step, after deciding clearly that you want a child at home, come what may, is to start the paperwork which means filing applications with government or private agencies that will make all the arrangements to enable you to become adoptive parent(s).

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To source children for adoption in your own country, you are bound by a simpler set of rules but to go abroad in your search is another matter altogether. Expectedly, international adoptions are guided first by the laws of the home country of the child and these are as diverse as their respective locations and cultures. Certain South Asian countries have made their adoption laws easy to handle while others have disallowed it altogether. Many African nations have made such laws as to make adoption virtually impossible by making foster parent residency in that country mandatory.

The requirements of processing parent eligibility, generally in the context of financial status, educational level, marital status and history, other dependent children in the house, psychological health and ancestry may be different from country to country in as much as while some have to obtain adopting country’s government approval while for other countries, authorized private agencies extend this service against a fee. Notwithstanding whoever does the adoption processing, the adopting parent(s) data is detailed and comprehensive in an attempt to rightly protect the children for adoption from known malpractice.

Then it is generally the parental data that must be matched with that of the children for adoption for the process to move ahead. However, even in this area there are deviations as certain countries like India do not even allow such data matching and the adopting parents must have to rely only on the authenticity of referrals from the country of the children. The referring country expects the adopting parents to physically visit the child and seek adoption. Peculiarly, some other countries like Kazakhstan forbid even such referrals and the adopting parents must make ‘blind’ visits to search and then select a suitable child for adoption.

Despite ratifying the bylaws of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, in 2009 many countries suspended international adoption because of accusations of commoditizing ‘export’ of children, of ‘selling’ local children to foreigners and the implied admission of home governments’ inability to support their own young population and allow their children for adoption in a foreign land.

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