Each year, many families look to adopt babies through the use of domestic adoption rather than international adoptions. Generally defined, domestic adoptions involve the domestic placement of a baby for adoptions by the child’s birth parents. The birth parents are the ones who legally consent to the adoption itself with the adoptive family of their sole choosing.
There are many great reasons as to why pursuing a domestic adoption is better than pursuing an international adoption, which include the following.
Parents who choose to pursue a domestic adoption won’t have to worry about covering the cost of a visa, as opposed to an international adoption. Additionally, parents who are choosing to adopt domestically may also choose to provide living expenses, such as utility and rent, for the expectant mother, while with international adoptions, this is an option that is oftentimes not found. Furthermore, domestic adoptions involve the adoptive parents needing to travel to the birth parents’ place of residence for the birth of the baby and stay until both the baby and the mother are released from the hospital; however, if the baby is born outside of the adoptive family’s state of residence, then the family will be required to stay until they receive ICPC approval, which can take anywhere from 7 to 10 business days.
Those looking to adopt domestically will have a much better chance at getting a much younger child than those who seek to adopt internationally. For instance, a domestic adoption will more than likely result in the adoptive parents obtaining an infant, while an international adoption can result in the adoptive parents obtaining anywhere from an infant to a teenager, though this depends on the overall country of origin.
Medical Background Information
Domestic adoptions will always result in the adoptive parents being able to obtain the medical background information of both the child and the birth parents almost immediately, which is not always the case in terms of international adoptions. In fact, when it comes to international adoptions, records such as family medical history and drug/alcohol exposure while the child was still inside the womb, as well as any and all potential effects of this, will almost always be unavailable until after the child has been placed with a family.
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