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Download How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions, Revised and Updated Edition for 2003 epub

by Heino R. Erichsen,Jean Nelson Erichsen

How to Adopt Internationally is organized around 23 easy-to-follow steps that lead readers through every phase of the international adoption process from finding a reputable agency and organizing a home study to choosing a country to adopt from, working through emigration and immigration, traveling abroad, and adjusting to a new life with a child. The book includes detailed instructions for estimating the cost of an international adoption and also provides samples of almost all forms and documents parents will be required to fill out or provide including sample guidelines used to conduct a home study. The last half of the book provides up-to-date and in-depth information on the adoption laws and requirements for 68 child-placing countries including Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Guatemala, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia. This latest edition also includes Internet addresses for finding important updates regarding international adoption on the World Wide Web including sites for downloading INS forms, contacting Embassies and agencies overseas, finding country-specific adoptive parent support groups, up-to-date travel information, and much more. This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to international adoption available anywhere.
Download How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions, Revised and Updated Edition for 2003 epub
ISBN: 094035215X
ISBN13: 978-0940352155
Category: Parenting
Subcategory: Adoption
Author: Heino R. Erichsen,Jean Nelson Erichsen
Language: English
Publisher: Mesa House Pub; 2 edition (January 3, 2003)
Pages: 288 pages
ePUB size: 1601 kb
FB2 size: 1197 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 110
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One of the things I liked best about this book is that it included samples of all of the paperwork we needed to collect or submit during the adoption process and gave detailed instructions for finding the necessary forms and documents.
I also liked the step-by-step approach. In addition to making the whole thing easier and less overwhelming, breaking the process down like this, really helped us understand how international adoption works and what government agencies oversaw each part of the process. We could also really track our progress.
The book was also very helpful to us in researching and choosing the right agency and the right country.
I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone even considering the possibility of international adoption.
Jean, I would first like to thank you for the years you have dedicated to not only the children, but the years of knowledge you have made available to so many other adoptive families like ours.

As we began the adoption of our Haitian son, we were very perplexed as to entire process. My wife had done the majority of research while we were looking for our child, but when we found him in a Haitian orphanage, our process seemed to take a difficult turn. As Haiti is not one of the top countries for international adoption, and apparently one of the most difficult; we were extremely limited as to finding an agency to assist us, and in the end, decided to proceed independently along with the help of a parent liason from the orphanage. With a background in engineering, and years of experience developing and running our business, we weren't faced with the fear that we would not be able to handle it. Instead, my concern came from the number of sources available that only painted a partial picture or gave limited guidance. Digging deeper into the myriad of information, I began to get overwhelmed with all the questions that naturally arise while adopting... that was, until we came across your book How to Adopt Internationally. I have to admit that with such a simple title, I was thinking this would be another book to add to the already growing pile that would offer some helpful tips, but provide even more confusion. I couldn't have been more wrong.

Jean, I want you to know that your book gave us the peace of mind and confidence that we could handle this process independently and successfully bring our child (now children) home. You have taken your years of knowledge and experience and so simply made it available in an easy to understand package. We can't thank you enough, and would recommend this book to anyone considering international adoption. Whether adopting through an agency or independently, this is a must read. Thank you again for your service. We wish you and your family many, many more years of changing lives.

Forever Grateful
Frankly, I didn't know where to start when I decided to try to adopt from Armenia, a country that (at the time) didn't allow agency-directed adoptions. I read this book cover-to-cover, and realized that I would need a LOT of help in order to avoid the pitfalls inherent in independent adoptions. I found a great facilitator to handle the ideosyncratic Armenian requirements, but she didn't know the ins-and-outs of the U.S. side of the equation. This book is exactly as it claims to be: a Guide to International Adoption. It breaks the process down into sequenced steps that make sense of the bureaucratic nightmare inherent in the adoption process.
If every agency was open, honest, and competent, and every country was consistent in its requirements, then books like this one wouldn't be needed. However, I feel that EVERYONE considering international adoption should be armed with the information contained in this book even if it's only used to evaluate agencies before you make your final decision. Furthermore, those choosing to adopt independantly need a guide to sort through the tons of misinformation they will encounter throughout the process.
Keep in mind that ANY info contained in this guide or any other is only the latest info available at the time of printing. Every step along the way, I checked for variations and/or changes with some recent adoptive families from my network of Armenian friends. I also relied on Internet government sites for updates on paperwork requirements.
Ferri - My name
This book was my "bible" as I prepared to adopt internationally. It guided me through the very detailed, step-by-step process. From finding an agency, initial paperwork, finances, social worker visits, the actual trip and first amazing meeting with your child, to issues once back - such as potential health problems, cultural issues, readopting and adjusting to life as a new family. Sample forms and documents were extremely valuable. I found this more current than other sources available. Also addressed adopting as a single-parent, which was encouraging! I had the opportunity to hear the authors speak in person, and was impressed not only with their first hand experience in adopting and raising their own children, but with their keen knowledge of international politics, and their passion and commitment to guiding others to build their family through foreign adoption. They have a wealth of experience running their own adoption agency, and clearly remain on the cutting edge when it comes to the most current information regarding international adoption. (I now have a beautiful, happy, healthy daughter whom I adopted from China.) This book is a must read for anyone considering the complicated (but ultimately wonderful) experience of adopting a child from a foreign country!
Ms. Erichsen's updated version of How To Adopt Internationally is even better than her first version. She accurately clarifies the steps in a process that can be challenging and lengthy. She provides necessary and detailed information and answers the questions any adoptive parent needs to know. Ms. Erichsen's expertise in the field is quite apparent. The book is extremely well written, thoughtful and an absolute must read for anyone who is thinking about adopting internationally or who is in the process.