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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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From Library Journal
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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As we began the adoption of our Haitian son, we were very perplexed as to entire process. My wife had done the majority of research while we were looking for our child, but when we found him in a Haitian orphanage, our process seemed to take a difficult turn. As Haiti is not one of the top countries for international adoption, and apparently one of the most difficult; we were extremely limited as to finding an agency to assist us, and in the end, decided to proceed independently along with the help of a parent liason from the orphanage. With a background in engineering, and years of experience developing and running our business, we weren't faced with the fear that we would not be able to handle it. Instead, my concern came from the number of sources available that only painted a partial picture or gave limited guidance. Digging deeper into the myriad of information, I began to get overwhelmed with all the questions that naturally arise while adopting... that was, until we came across your book How to Adopt Internationally. I have to admit that with such a simple title, I was thinking this would be another book to add to the already growing pile that would offer some helpful tips, but provide even more confusion. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Jean, I want you to know that your book gave us the peace of mind and confidence that we could handle this process independently and successfully bring our child (now children) home. You have taken your years of knowledge and experience and so simply made it available in an easy to understand package. We can't thank you enough, and would recommend this book to anyone considering international adoption. Whether adopting through an agency or independently, this is a must read. Thank you again for your service. We wish you and your family many, many more years of changing lives.
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.
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.