What is international adoption in the UK like?

What is international adoption in the UK like?

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  • DeeDee
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    Although it may seem like inter-country adoptions into the U.K. are not so common, they happen more often that you might think. In fact, hundreds of children are adopted internationally each year and more than 3,000 kids have joined U.K. families, according to the International Adoption Guide. Since the 1950s, international adoptions have occurred from 74 different countries, including Albania,  Kazakhstan  and Vietnam. 

    Today, the most common country for international adoptions is China, although there is about a 4-year wait.

    As far as the process, there are numerous steps to adopt a child. Here is a brief look at what's required.

    1) Home Study - You will first need to choose an accredited adoption professional and complete a home study. This includes visits in your home by an adoption social worker, preparation groups as well as background and medical checkups. A home study in the U.K. typically takes about 6-8 months.

    2) Panel Approval - After your home study is completed, your social worker will put together a Prospective Adopters' Report. An adoption panel (which consists of approximately 10 inter-country adoption experts) will review it and decide if you are approved and, if so, for which country/countries.

    3) Adoption Eligibility Certificate - If you're approved, your application will then be sent to the Department for Education (U.K.'s Central Authority), who will review it and issue a Certificate of Eligibility, if they determine you qualify. 

    4) Getting Matched - Finally, you will be matched with your child and required to visit him or her and process paperwork to move forward.

    5) Completing the Adoption - For some countries, you will apply to adopt the child in that country; others you will bring your child back to the U.K. to complete the adoption. In either case, you will need a British passport and child visa for your child to bring him or her home. 

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