Adoption is a wonderful way to welcome a new family member. However, it is not without its challenges. This is especially true if you wish to adopt internationally instead of within the country or within West Virginia. There are some important things you have to know and understand before you embark on this journey. Being prepared for the challenges can make international adoption easier.

According to Adoption.org, one of the first things to realize is you cannot adopt from every country. Plus, each country makes its own rules and regulations that you must follow along with following the rules and regulations of the United States. You will also find the time it takes varies greatly from country to country. Some countries streamline the process and are much faster than others.

Another thing to recognize is that there will be a ton of paperwork. You have to fill out forms and provide information to both governments here and in the other country. You will likely have to provide information in duplicate, but using different forms. You may have to write essays and get letters from your doctor about your health. You also will go through a pretty complete background check. Finally, to finish things, you have to go through immigration to legally bring your child home.

International adoption is also very costly. Expect to spend about $30,000 to $50,000. You will pay fees to government agencies, adoption agencies, attorneys and for travel expenses. This information is for education and is not legal advice.