Everything you need to know about the adoption
Do you know that Zimbabwe has more than 1.3 million children orphaned by Aids? Do you want to know what it feels like when you first meet your adopted child? Are you curious as to the health of children from Ethiopia? Do you know what RAD is? Can you give a home to a child in need? Find all the answers to all your questions here.
It is more than 10 years since I first started to learn about international adoption and I am still discovering fascinating aspects of it. I love it so much I want to share all my knowledge and experience with you. If you are looking into adoption and are planning to to adopt a child from overseas, you will be touched by adoption for the rest of your life. In the beginning it feels very daunting as there is so much you need to know and stuff that you don't even know, you need to know! But as you go through the process and bring your child home we are here to help you with not only the mechanics of the adoption process but with the art of bringing up a child who started life on a very unfortunate footing.
The conventional wisdom in the UK is that all activities surrounding adoption are in the 'best interests of the child'. International Adoption Guide acknowledges this and also believes that empowered parents make better parents. Better parents mean a smoother and easier transition for the child and a better chance for them to fulfil their potential and lead a normal life.
I aspire here, to give you the full breath of knowledge that is available about international adoption. I want you to go into it with your eyes wide open, being fully prepared for all the subtleties and complexities of the process and the act. International adoption is could be complex and if you are seriously contemplating it, you have probably spent hours on the internet and are already feeling overwhelmed and confused. There is too much that is out there in an unstructured fashion and it is difficult to ascertain what is actually important to you personally and to us here in the UK.
International Adoption Guide has been designed to give you what you need to know when you need to know it. It has divided the process into 50 easy steps and guides you through each of those 50 stepts. It guides you through the process step by step illustrating and highlighting the mental, physical, emotional and practical demands as they arise. By being a member the website becomes your resource to refer to when and if required. If you get stuck there is solution at hand, if you want to know anything, you just need to ask.
By being a member you will benefit from our experience, knowledge, skills and expertise. You will not have to spend hours searching through thousand of internet documents (we have already done that and so you don't need to), here you will find only the important things you need to know to get you though the UK process, to your chosen adoption country, through their process, back home with your child and then the exciting and challenging role of being a new parent.
I want to get children out of orphanages and into loving, secure, stable homes with calm, relaxed and aware parents. I am here solely to help you achieve that.
P.S. For the sake of simplicity and brevity I have used throughout the website the term 'couples', 'infertile', 'childless' and 'first adoption'. Of course there may be singles, same-sex couples, families who already have children, those who are not infertile, kinship adopters and those who have already adopted who will be reading this website. These potential adoptive parents are included in these terms and I apologies for having to only use these limited terms. The term potential adoptive parent or PAP is used for all on the adoption process.