This morning at breakfast my husband said, “If anyone can adopt a child I think they should.” I agree.
What are your first steps?
#1 Contact your nearest adoption agencies and talk about the options. Talk with some local or national and some international about all your adoption options. You need information about timing, procedures, costs, etc. Then you will have a sense of what direction is right for you.
#2 Say yes or say no. Stick with your decision. Adoption is wonderful but it is rarely easy.
#3 Decide what style of adoption will fit you. Things to consider: local, national, open, closed, international, single or sibling group, age, gender, health conditions, and race.
#4 Go for it!
adopting a Bolivian child
Bolivia has different agreements set up with a limited number of nations regarding international adoption. They work exclusively through adoption agencies. Investigate to find out if your country has an agency working with Bolivia.
If you are a Bolivian citizen or resident then you can talk with an adoption agency or a lawyer who specializes in adoptions.
United States Citizens
Since many of the people who read this blog are United States citizens I will address the delicacies that are currently at play if you are considering adopting a Bolivian child. It is not impossible, yet the requirements are very involved. You can see this site for details: http://adoption.state.gov/country/bolivia.html
Here are a few:
- Bolivian residency must be established. This is a process done as you are living in Bolivia which takes at least two years.
- The adoption process can take anywhere from 4 months to 24.
- You will be matched with a child. You may not select a specific child. You can only indicate: age, gender, sibling or single and health condition.
I wish you the best of luck as you consider adoption.
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