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International adoption: How to adopt a child from another country

Always an adventure, international adoption gives you a unique opportunity to open your home and heart to a child from outside the United States. International children enrich the lives of their adoptive families and deepen their connection to foreign cultures and customs.

Hauge Accreditation

As a leader in intercountry (district) adoption, the Gladney Center proudly became among the first agencies accredited in the U.S. as a Hague-compliant adoption agency. The Hague Convention protects children and their families against the risk of unregulated adoptions abroad and ensures that intercountry (district) adoptions are made in the best interests of the children. The Convention also protects against unethical, unlawful and inhumane adoption practices. Adopting internationally is an exciting, enriching experience that offers the opportunity to learn foreign cultures and customs and the ability to assist in humanitarian aid efforts.

Advantages of adopting internationally include the option to:

  •   Adopt through a closed adoption system
  •   Adopt within a specific time
  •   Select the age and gender of the child
  •   Adopt later in life
  •   Select a particular country or culture
  •   Provide humanitarian aid

International adoption programs: