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Domestic vs. International Adoptions: Determining the Right Fit

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Naperville adoption lawyerAs soon as you have made the decision that you want to adopt a child, you are then tasked with determining which type of adoption you want to pursue. There are many types of adoptions, but the first decision you must make is whether you want to adopt a child domestically or internationally. There are certain unique aspects that come along with each type of adoption, creating benefits and drawbacks to each. Deciding between a domestic and international adoption dictates how you begin the adoption process and will determine the steps taken throughout your adoption journey. Here are a few considerations that you should keep in mind when deciding between an international and domestic adoption:

Communication With the Birth Family

In the United States, very few adoptions are "closed" nowadays. There is usually some degree of "openness" in domestic adoptions, and adoptive children will typically have some form of contact with one or both of their birth parents. In some cases, the birth mother may receive periodic updates on the child and their life. In others, the birth mother may spend holidays or other special occasions with the adoptive family.

In international adoptions, birth mothers are rarely in contact with their biological children once they have been adopted. Though it is not impossible to keep in touch, contact with the birth parents typically ends once the adoption process is finalized.

Costs of Adopting

Another big consideration when choosing your adoptive path is the costs associated with each type. Though no adoption is cheap, domestic adoptions do tend to be less expensive than international adoptions. With international adoptions, the legal fees and the requirements of the country of origin tend to result in higher costs than domestic adoptions. You will also need to factor in the travel costs, the price of extended stays in your child’s country of origin, and the amount of leave you may need to take from work to complete the adoption.

Time Span to Finish the Adoption

No adoption is speedy; however, logistically speaking, domestic adoptions tend to take less time to complete than international adoptions. Most domestic adoptions take anywhere from 1 to 12 months to complete, depending on a variety of factors. International adoptions can take even longer depending on the country you are adopting from, its current relationship with the United States, and the adoption requirements of that country.

Consult With a Wheaton, IL Adoption Attorney Today

Making the decision to adopt a child is a huge step, and there will be many more decisions that need to be made along the way. Though this is an exciting time in your life, trying to navigate the legalities of adoption can be confusing. If you are looking to start the adoption process, you should get in touch with a DuPage County adoption lawyer as soon as possible. At the Goostree Law Group, we can help you throughout the adoption process to make sure all of your bases are covered. Our adoption attorneys have the knowledge you need regarding the laws and legal processes that pertain to adoption, both domestically and internationally. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 630-364-4046.




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