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International Adoption Process Is Slowing

OPB | April 15, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:42 a.m.

As we highlighted earlier this month, the rate of international adoptions in the U.S. is falling. One of the reasons behind the decline is the Hague Adoption Convention, which effectively froze adoptions in countries like Guatemala, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Many countries are also emphasizing inner-country adoptions. This means many families who are hoping to adopt healthy infants can’t do so because those children are being adopted within their home country.

Some families now wait over five years after agreeing to adopt a child before bringing them home. The international adoption process has become even more restricted for hopeful parents in recent months, with Russia announcing a ban on all U.S. adoptions.

Did you adopt a child from another country? Were you adopted from another country? What was your experience like? What about the process would you want to change?

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