JRaz has some information for you about international adoption for US couples.
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International adoption is just one of several ways to build your family. In most cases, international adoptions are finalized in the country of origin. So, once you come home with your child, he or she is already legally yours. There are number of countries that work with US couples, hoping to adopt. So, identifying which country works best for your family is usually the first step you would take when moving forward. Things to consider when adopting internationally are age, gender, race, and medical needs. If you’re unsure about what would work best for your family, a qualified adoption professional should be able to assist you in identifying the most important requirements which will ultimately assist you in deciding what country program will work best for you. Children are now available for more than 50 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and some African countries. No children from western Europe, Australia or Canada are eligible to be adopted by Americans. As the availability of newborns in the US diminishes, more Americans than ever, over 20,000 in 2002 up from 8,000 in 1994, turn abroad to build their families. And in 2002, about 75% of foreign children adopted in the US came from China, Russia, Guatemala, South Korea, and the Ukraine.