Adopting Internationally: 8 Things You MUST Know

Adopting internationally is a challenge, but it will be more of challenge if you don’t arm yourself with knowledge first. Adoptive mother Elizabeth Curry has adopted from China and shares eight tips that could make adopting internationally a lot easier.  Although much of your international adoption journey will depend on which country you choose, there are a few things that most countries will have in common.

Among other things, Curry discusses corruption, how international adoption has changed, and how trauma plays a huge part in an internationally adopted child’s life. This type of adoption is not to be taken lightly. Adopting internationally is a serious decision.

Additionally, you have to consider that international adoption means adopting a child’s country, too. It will require effort to grasp an understanding of culture so that your child does not feel less than for being different.

The legal issues that come with this type of adoption are just one part of this tough journey. There are cultural and language barriers to face. It may be an uncomfortable process, and Curry notes that her advice can seem overwhelming, but the positives that come from adopting internationally can be incredible.  Being fully informed is key to saving you and your children a lot of heartache.

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Crystal started in the adoption community as an intern for From there she became the content manager, and has recently moved to become a content specialist. Crystal has been touched by the hundreds of articles she's read and edited from all members of the adoption triad. In her free time she loves to spend too much time on Instagram, hike around Oregon, and hang out with her husband. Show her pictures of your puppies or share some salt and vinegar chips with her, and you've got a friend for life.

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