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Why are Canadians building families through adoption?
In the Western world, it is estimated that one in six couples experience infertility or the inability to have a child biologically. As these couples have a deep desire to become parents, adoption is selected as an excellent option. The majority of families who choose adoption do so for this reason. Some may do so for other reasons: they feel that the world has enough children but not enough parents, they would like to parent a child who is already born and needs her own parents rather than bring another life into the world or they may be single persons who are ready to become parents.

Why international adoption?
Most prospective adoptive parents, particularly those who do not yet have any children, seek a healthy infant for their child. To adopt an infant born in Canada is not an easy task. It is estimated that there are eight prospective parents for each healthy infant available. The wait in public agencies can vary from six to ten years. By then, many parents find they exceed the maximum age requirements. A private domestic adoption can be full of uncertainty, particularly in terms of timing. Between the small number of children available to be adopted and the potential emotional roller coaster that is not for the faint of heart, many prospective adoptive parents are now turning to an option that may be of greater certainty--international adoption.

Why China, Korea or Thailand?
The Children’s Bridge offers adoption programs in China, Korea, Thailand, Kazakhstan, India and Vietnam. China has become the most popular country in recent times for adoptions from the Western world as it offers a very smooth, predictable adoption.
Currently we are trying to open programs in Nepal and Ethiopia. We are hoping these programs will be open by the end of 2007. We are always looking at other programs, so please check back often for updates.

The Children: General information
As a result of China’s ‘one child policy’ for population control, there are many infant girls available for adoption. The average age of the children is between 10 – 14 months although many older children and children with special needs are also available.

Children adopted from Korea are generally boys and can be quite young and are generally in good health. In addition, some history of the child’s biological family is available. By and large the children receive excellent foster care until they join their new families.

The children from Thailand again, are reasonably healthy and between 12 and 24 months of age. As some of the children are coming from birth mothers that are HIV positive, the children are tested 3 times for HIV. Some familial history will be available for some of the children.

Children adopted from Kazakhstan are reasonably healthy and between 9 and 18 months of age. These children are available for adoption due to single parenthood and economic distress.

The children from India are generally healthy and between 9 and 18 months of age. These children are available for adoption due to economic distress. Only non-resident Indians can apply for infants at this time.

There are children waiting for families in Vietnam due to economic distress. The children are generally healthy and between 9 and 18 months of age.

The majority of our children have been healthy but we cannot guarantee the health of any of the children in any of our programs. We strongly recommend that families research the physical and emotional risks associated with the country they are most interested in pursuing an adoption from.

Reasonable waiting period.
Our International Adoption Programs range in wait times to referral from 5 months to 2 years. Please contact us regarding the current timelines for any of our available programs. Every country has a different timeline that fluctuates, so it is important to remember that timelines can change unexpectedly.

Legitimate, above board adoption procedures.
All adoptions processed through China are legitimately processed through their government run China Centre for Adoption Affairs (CCAA). This administrative centre does an outstanding job of processing adoptions for foreigners. Our Korean adoption program is one of the most thorough adoption programs available today and we are happy to be working with the SWS. Our China Program has been very successful, completing over 2,000 adoptions to date. Kazakhstan has fared well with 5 beautiful children arriving home as of early 2007.

No competition for a child.
In domestic adoption, there may be several prospective adoptive parents who wish to be selected for each adoptable child. In adoptions from China, Thailand and Korea there is no competition for any child. As long as prospective adoptive parents’ paperwork is approved, a child will be proposed.

Liberal age limits.
It is difficult for parents in their forties to adopt in Canada. China, with their long-standing respect for age and wisdom welcomes parents in this age bracket. For Korea, parents can adopt up to the age of 45 and up to the age of 40 for Thailand.

Handholding, guidance and support.
After all the stress that most prospective adoptive parents have been through to get to the point where they are ready to adopt a child, they desire handholding and guidance to make the process as stress-free as possible. With our programs, reputable Canadian agencies such as Children’s Bridge are available to do just that. A good facilitator will provide parents with step-by-step instructions for the entire process and make all necessary arrangements. As well, a responsible facilitator will provide support systems for pre and post adoptive parents to network and will provide cultural opportunities for the child as she grows.

Financially feasible.
The cost for the entire process of an adoption from these countries ranges from $17,000 - $28,000. This covers everything, including the home study, airfare accommodation, some sightseeing and some meals, escort services for the adoption trip, legal fees, donation to the orphanage etc. Only a small portion of the money has to be paid in the early stages with the bulk being payable when the child is received. In addition, financing packages are available through the National Bank of Canada’s International Adoption Loan program making very low monthly payments available to families.

Note: Travel to Korea is NOT included in the cost for this program but is an additional cost.

Travel
Every country has a different travel requirement. Most programs require a stay of 14 days, although some require a longer stay or even 2 trips. This is a wonderful time to learn about and experience your child's culture and should be viewed positively.

Who can adopt?
Only married couples can adopt a child from China but China does not recognize ‘common law’ marriages so a couple would be required to legally marry in order to apply. China, Korea and Thailand do not accept single applicants. Kazakhstan, India and Vietnam do accept Single Applicants. All of these countries will only permit adoption by heterosexual persons.

How many Children are adopted Internationally ?
Please visit http://www.familyhelper.net/news/060817stat.html for up to date adoption statistics for Canada.

Summary
With approximately one in six couples experiencing infertility today and the small number of healthy infants available for adoption domestically, International adoption is an attractive way for building families in Canada.
Many happy, loving Canadian families have been formed through adoption from these countries. The Children's Bridge offers well-organized, efficient adoption programs and a strong pre and post adoption support system.


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