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How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions (2000-2002 Edition) Paperback – January 17, 2000

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Individuals desiring to adopt children from other countries will find this book extremely valuable. As parents of three adopted Colombian children and founders of the nonprofit adoption agency Los Ni$os International, Nelson-Erichsen and Erichsen well understand the adoption process on both personal and professional levels. They have broken down the international adoption process into 23 detailed, easy-to-follow steps, from selecting an agency to adapting to life with an adopted child. The adoption laws of 86 child-placing countries, samples of required documents, the approximate costs of international adoption, and the health concerns of Third World orphans are covered, and the web sites of foreign embassies and parent support groups are listed. The reader must keep in mind that this type of information changes constantly. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding source for public libraries and special libraries dealing with adoption.DMee-Lee Hom, Hunter Coll. Lib., New York
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Highly recommended for those who are seeking an overview and step by step guide to the international adoption scene. -- Adoption Book Review Newsletter, February 2002

The Erichsens have written yet another excellent resource for families considering international adoption. This book is a must-read for anyone thinking about adopting a child from abroad. -- Linda Perilstein, Director, Cradle of Hope Adoption Center

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Mesa House Pub; 2nd edition (January 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940352133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940352131
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,399,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jean Nelson Erichsen was born in Minnesota during the Great Depression. As a child, she watched WWII through newsreels while her husband, Heino Erichsen, fought on the German side in North Africa, surrendered, and was sent to the USA as a POW. After their marriage they traveled the world to help children find the loving, stable families. Her most sought after book is The Reluctant Warrior: Former German POW Finds Peace In Texas. Jean wrote the first books on international adoption and two other memoirs, Butterflies in the Wind: The Truth About Latin American Adoptions, and My Portable Life: Reluctant Runaway Finds Families For Thousands of Children. Her children's book is Copito, the Christmas Chihuahua. Jean received the National Council for Adoption Hall of Fame Award and an International Rights of the Child Award.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
The new 2000-2002 edition of How To Adopt Internationally is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for agency-directed and independent adoptions. Every aspect of a 23 step international adoption process is covered with the most up-to-date and thorough information. Adoption laws and requirements for 68 child-placing countries (including Russia and China) are given in detail, as are instructions for estimating the costs of an international adoption. Of special interest is the chapter devoted to health concerns of Third World orphans. How To Adopt Internationally is enhanced for the prospective adoptive parent with Internet addresses for downloading INS forms, overseas embassies, adoptive parent support groups, travel information, and a great deal more. Authoritative, practical, comprehensive, How To Adopt Internationally is an essential reference.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
One of the things I liked best about this book is that it included samples of all of the paperwork we needed to collect or submit during the adoption process and gave detailed instructions for finding the necessary forms and documents.
I also liked the step-by-step approach. In addition to making the whole thing easier and less overwhelming, breaking the process down like this, really helped us understand how international adoption works and what government agencies oversaw each part of the process. We could also really track our progress.
The book was also very helpful to us in researching and choosing the right agency and the right country.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone even considering the possibility of international adoption.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Anne Weaver on February 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was my "bible" as I prepared to adopt internationally. It guided me through the very detailed, step-by-step process. From finding an agency, initial paperwork, finances, social worker visits, the actual trip and first amazing meeting with your child, to issues once back - such as potential health problems, cultural issues, readopting and adjusting to life as a new family. Sample forms and documents were extremely valuable. I found this more current than other sources available. Also addressed adopting as a single-parent, which was encouraging! I had the opportunity to hear the authors speak in person, and was impressed not only with their first hand experience in adopting and raising their own children, but with their keen knowledge of international politics, and their passion and commitment to guiding others to build their family through foreign adoption. They have a wealth of experience running their own adoption agency, and clearly remain on the cutting edge when it comes to the most current information regarding international adoption. (I now have a beautiful, happy, healthy daughter whom I adopted from China.) This book is a must read for anyone considering the complicated (but ultimately wonderful) experience of adopting a child from a foreign country!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Miriam Kalamian on March 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Frankly, I didn't know where to start when I decided to try to adopt from Armenia, a country that (at the time) didn't allow agency-directed adoptions. I read this book cover-to-cover, and realized that I would need a LOT of help in order to avoid the pitfalls inherent in independent adoptions. I found a great facilitator to handle the ideosyncratic Armenian requirements, but she didn't know the ins-and-outs of the U.S. side of the equation. This book is exactly as it claims to be: a Guide to International Adoption. It breaks the process down into sequenced steps that make sense of the bureaucratic nightmare inherent in the adoption process.
If every agency was open, honest, and competent, and every country was consistent in its requirements, then books like this one wouldn't be needed. However, I feel that EVERYONE considering international adoption should be armed with the information contained in this book even if it's only used to evaluate agencies before you make your final decision. Furthermore, those choosing to adopt independantly need a guide to sort through the tons of misinformation they will encounter throughout the process.
Keep in mind that ANY info contained in this guide or any other is only the latest info available at the time of printing. Every step along the way, I checked for variations and/or changes with some recent adoptive families from my network of Armenian friends. I also relied on Internet government sites for updates on paperwork requirements.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Even though this book is marketed as the "2001-2002 Edition," it is already woefully outdated with regard to the adoption laws and requirements of various countries. For instance, if I had taken the Erichson's information as law, I would not be sailing through the process to adopt a beautiful child from Kazakhstan right now. The Erichson's claim that Kazakhstan does not allow foreign adoptions, when indeed it has since 1999. In addition, there is misinformation regarding the adoption process for China, and these are just the two countries I know about. It is my advice to completely skip the "Compendium" section of this book (where the authors outline adoption laws and procedures for over 65 countries) - there is simply no way a print publication can keep up with the ever-changing country guidelines, INS procedures and politics that keep the international adoption process in a constant state of flux. Your best bet for up-to-the-minute information on international adoption procedures is the internet (particularly the US State Department's International Adoption page). If you place your confidence in the Erichson's book,... you could be sorely disappointed or miss out on an excellent opportunity.
However, Erichson's info on preparing for the home study is quiet good. It also provides a helpful chapter on adoption medicine and health issues. The book also contains sample INS forms, although these are easily downloaded directly from the INS's website with complete instructions on how to fill them out. "How to Adopt Internationally" is a good reference to look at BEFORE you actually begin the adoption process - it's a good way to get an idea of what to expect (just don't believe everything you see in the Compendium!).
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