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In almost all cases of international adoption you will work with an adoption agency to locate a child overseas. There are many different ways to locate an agency, and a lot of things to consider. Once again I'll refer you to the general discussion on selecting an agency on the Adopt Korea web site. Among other things they have a page of references to all U.S. agencies, organized by state.

Perhaps even at this early stage you are beginning to focus on specific areas of the world, or perhaps you'd like to learn a bit more about different countries' adoption programs before contacting an agency.

An initial goal for you and the agency you choose will be the completion of a “homestudy”, a comprehensive review of you, your criminal and financial histories, the home you will provide for the child and many other details. This must be completed before the child can join your family.

Friends have grumped at the volume of paperwork needed, the fingerprint cards and the time this all takes. Those same friends have also reminded us that it is through all these procedures that the child is spoken for; the procedures are there to protect the child and to see that s/he gains the best possible world.

Understand that the host country may have very different requirements to make your adoption legal overseas. In some instances these rules may be more or less strict than those in the U.S.

Keep in mind that for your adoption to work, you must satisfy the requirements of the U.S. and the host country. This often arises in connection with the homestudy, which is required by the U.S. but may not be necessary in the eyes of the host country authorities abroad.

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