In this Kids To Love report, we looking at international versus domestic adoption. A lot of people think it's easier and faster to adopt internationally than from the U.S. foster care system.
New regulations governing international adoptions have made it more challenging for U.S. citizens to adopt from other countries.
These regulations are aimed at protecting the rights of children and birth parents. There are aggressive efforts to locate adoptive resources inside of countries that have traditionally permitted their children to be sent abroad.
According to a report by the U.S. Children's Bureau, 53,000 children were adopted through U.S. foster care in 2010.
Additionally, 11,058 children were adopted by U.S. citizens from all international sources combined.
In most cases, it takes roughly a year to adopt a child from the U.S. foster care system. The average time for an international adoption is six months to a year and a half.
Most adoptions from U.S. foster care are free. You can often get reimbursed for any minimal costs.
For international adoptions, service providers charge anywhere between $0 to more than $62,000, with half charging less than $26,000.
A lot of people think they can't adopt because they aren't able to give the child a room of their own. Many people have asked if they need to provide a separate bedroom for an adoptive child. The answer is, each child needs a bed of their own, but not a room of their own.
Boys and girls may also share a room if they are under a specified age by the state. Usually, that's age 6.