Adoption Myths & Truths
We understand that taking that first step to adoption is a big one for most families. Yet, China, India and Haiti have an overwhelming number of children who need forever families right now. Many families stop short of adopting because of the overall misconceptions in international adoption, so we wanted to share some facts that might dispel the myths keeping you from taking that first step to adopt.
1. MYTH: International Adoption is Prohibitively Expensive
TRUTH: Most international adoptions cost about the same as an average new car. However, there are many adoption grants available to families and the Federal Adoption Tax Credit provides more than $13,000 (as of 2017) per adoption for most families. There are also many ways to fundraise for adoption. In fact, many America World families are covering much of the total cost of their adoption through grants, the tax credit and fundraisers. Be sure to compare "apples to apples" when looking at agency adoption costs. America World's costs include the total cost of adoption--home study, travel, in-country lodging, everything. You can expect total transparency about adoption costs from America World Adoption.
2. MYTH: Children Adopted Internationally are All Disabled
TRUTH: While it is increasingly difficult to adopt a "healthy" infant or toddler, most of the children who are available to be adopted have minor or correctable needs. Typically, needs include cleft lip/palate, heart defects, hearing or vision problems, hand/foot/limb deformities, missing limbs, Hepatitis B, spine deformity, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, HIV+, neural conditions, and developmental delays. Many children have already had corrective surgery prior to their adoption. There are also healthy older children available in most cases too. America World's application allows families to choose which needs they believe are best fits for their circumstances--you are not matched with a child that does not meet your choices of special needs.
3. MYTH: International Adoption is Corrupt
TRUTH: While it is true that there are incidents of corruption in adoption (not just international), this is where it is critical to choose an adoption agency that is ethical. There are plenty of agencies who keep the interest of the child as their priority. There can also be safeguards in place to prevent misconduct from an agency level to a government level. Experience, integrity, accreditation and feedback from families who have used an agency are all very important aspects in choosing the right international adoption agency to walk by your side through the entire process.
4. MYTH: International Adoption Takes Many Years to Complete
TRUTH: Most America World families are now completing their adoptions within 24 months from the time they apply. Some of the wait time includes how quickly the families complete their paperwork (dossier). Right now, many China and India adoptions can be completed within 18 months of application. Timeframes vary among countries, however, now is a great time to begin the adoption process as many children are now waiting for their forever families.
5. MYTH: The Birthmother Can Take Your Child Back
TRUTH: It is important to understand that once an adoption is final, your child is legally your child. While this situation can happen with domestic adoption on rare occasions, with international adoptions an adopted child is no different than a birth child once the adoption is finalized in court.
America World Adoption began in 1994 as a Christian international adoption agency with the sole purpose of assisting families who were called to adopt an orphan who needed a family. Today, we have seen over 4,500 orphans placed into Christ-centered homes where they will grow in the knowledge of Jesus. America World is respected within the adoption community as a reputable agency with a high degree of integrity.
America World's team of professionals would be honored to assist your family in growing your family through the miracle of adoption. Learn more about us and our adoption programs at https://awaa.org or contact us at Info@awaa.org or call 800-429-3369.