Today in the United States and Canada people who wish to adopt children will have to wait years and years. Sometimes people decide that it is not worth the hassle and they give up trying to adopt a child. This is a shame as there are children in the world today that deserve to have a loving family and they never get it.
They are left in foster homes and orphanages until they are eighteen when they can go out on their own. In some cases the foster homes are good but there are some that are bad. As a result of the long list of people waiting for an adoption to go through they start looking for other options.
Today more and more people are opting for international adoption. International adoption is different from adoption in the United States or Canada. This form of adoption is an essentially a private matter between an individual or couple and a foreign courts which operates under that country's law and regulations. If you wish to take this route to adopt a child the United States authorities cannot intervene on the behalf of the adoptive parents. For those people who are interesting in international adoptions they can obtain information from the Department of State.
This could be information on the adoption process in various countries as each country may have different rules and regulations when dealing with international adoptions. You can also get information that deals specifically with the United States legal requirements to bring a child in the United States from a foreign country. There are also websites that can visit to obtain such information.
These sites can explain the adoption process to you and you can even submit questions about anything that you want to know. The information is available twenty-four hours a day. While there are certain things that the State Department can do for you to help in any way there are things that it cannot do. The State Department cannot become directly involved in the adoption process in another country. Nor can they act as legal counsel or representation of the prospective adoptive parents. They are also unable to order that an adoption take place or that a visa be issued.
While the State Department cannot help they can put you in contact with someone that can.
James Hunt has spent 15 years as a professional writer and researcher covering stories that cover a whole spectrum of interest. Read more at www.guide-to-adoption.info