Wednesday, August 10, 2011

International Adoption: Country Requirements

Today international adoption has become much more popular than it ever has been. The countries available are vast, and yet the information is not. Some private agencies only work with a select few countries; others are open to many more. So how do you know which one to choose? Here is a chart to help narrow down the requirements of each country and help out just a little with this great decision! (This is just a look at each country, to see more details on each country please contact your agency or website for more information.)
* Please remember many countries continually change their requirements!


Albania
Must be married at least 2 years, although longer is preferred
Parents should be between 25 and 50 years of age
Must be in good general health
Single applicants cannot apply


Bulgaria
Prospective parents must be between 35-37 years old, older applicants may adopt a child who is over the age of 3 (some reports say anyone 18 years or older)
Applicants can have no more than one child at home
Single applicants are allowed but may wait long times for a proposal



Main stream China
Must be married for at least 2 years (no single applicants)
If previous marriage, you must be married at least 5 years
Applicants must be between 30-50 years of age
At least one parent must have a stable job
Net wealth must be min. $80,000 USD and income must be $10,000 per family member including child to be adopted
Less then 5 children under the age of 18 living in the home. The youngest must have reached age 1.
Special Needs China
Must be married for at least 2 years (no single applicants)
If previous marriage, you must be married at least 5 years
Applicants must between 30 and 55 years of age
At least one parent must have a stable job and body mass index must be less than 40
Net wealth must be min. $80,000 USD and income must be $10,000 per family member including child to be adopted
Applicants can have more than 4 children at home
Congo
Applicants can be married or single
Applicants must be 25 years or older
Preference is given to families with less than 3 children



Ethiopia
Applicants must be at least 25 years old and there cannot be more than 50 years between adoptive mother and proposed child
Married any length of time. No common law or same sec couples.
Single applicants allowed (female only)
No limit on number of children in the home


Haiti
Applicants may be married or single (no common law or same sex marriages)
Couple need to be married for 7-10 years (may be waived if documented infertility)
One parent must be at least 35 years of age
Usually only 3 birth children allowed in adoptive home


Honduras
Parents must be between 25 and 51 years old
Applicants must be a minimum 15 years older than the child and a maximum 45 years older
Must be married for at least 3 years
Single women may adopt
Applicants 40 years and older can adopt a child 30 months or older
Applicants 45 years or older can adopt a child 4 years or older
India
Must belong to a mainstream Christian church and practice their faith
Must be between 30-55 years old. The combined age of parents must be less than 90
Single women under the age of 45 are eligible
Must be married a minimum of 5 years, although paperwork can begin after 4 years
Same sex couples are not eligible

Jamaica
Applicants can be married or single
Applicants must be over the age of 25 years old
May be 18 years or older if adopting a relative



Japan
Applicants must be under 43 years of age
Must be married for at least 3 years
Applicants must be childless
Applicants must travel to Japan prior to child’s birth
Birth mother chooses adoptive parents
Applicants of Japanese heritage usually have shorter waiting periods
Kazakhstan
Married or single applicants may apply
Unmarried applicants must be at least 16 years older than the child they wish to adopt




Nepal
Must be married 4 years or more
Must be at least 30 years age difference between the parent and the child
Single women between 35 and 55 years may apply
Can only adopt a child younger than any children at home
Adoptive child must be the opposite sex of any children at home (applicants with a boy and girl already may not apply)
Same sex couples may not apply
Panama
Must be at least 18 years old and not more than 45 years older than the child
A couple must be married for at least 2 years
Single women may apply
Common law couples may adopt if together for 2 years or more


Philippines
Applicants must be married at least 1 year. If divorced must be married for at least 5 years
If one spouse has had more than one divorce they will not be considered
Applicants must be at least 27 years or older and have at least 16 years between applicant and adoptive child
Must have religious affiliations to a church for at least 5 years
Single applicants can only adopt age 6 and above

Morocco
Applicants must be of Muslim faith and must raise their children Muslim as well
Applicants under 50 years old may adopt an infant and those over 50 years can adopt toddlers and older children
Single women under age 45 may adopt
Couples should be married but there is no time requirement
Same sex couples may not apply

Russia
Couples must be married for at least 2 years
If recently married must have lived together for at least 2 years
Single applicants may apply
Must be in good physical and mental health. No history of cancer or mental illness


Thailand
Must be between 25 and 50 years of age
Must be married a minimum of 2 years
Must be childless and be able to show infertility
Must be in excellent physical and emotional health with body mass index less than 30
Must be cancer free for at least 5 years
Must be in sound financial position
Ukraine
Married applicants only
No more than 45 years difference between adoptive parents and adoptive child
No limitations on time of marriage, number of marriages or income



USA
Applicants must be married for at least one year
Average age must be between 25 and 50 years old with neither spouse’s age exceeding 52 years




Vietnam
Married or single applicants welcome
Must be at least 20 years older than the child you wish to adopt
Applicants with or without children may apply
Same sex couples may not apply





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