International or Domestic?

My son and I have different complexions; I often get the question, “where is he from?” When I answer, “from here,” it is often met with surprise. My husband also had someone say to him the other day of domestic adoption, “I didn’t know they did that anymore.”

When we hear the word “adoption,” we may envision international children brought into American families. More and more are opening up to the idea of adoption, and many times they consider international adoption first. The adoption process is vastly different depending on the country (and the agency you use). So if you have a picture in your mind of the country from which you want to adopt, it is best to find out about the process very early.

While international adoption is a wonderful thing, it is not the only option. There are still multiple manners in which to adopt within the United States. Many people's minds go to the foster care system when domestic adoption is mentioned. Yes, there is a great need for adoption out of the foster care system. But there is also the need for infant adoption within the United States, your own state, and even your own locality. While the need for international adoption is important, my hope is that adoption within our own country is not forgotten.

In Glorifying the Father of the Fatherless, Jason Novac writes: “In the United States alone… there are over 129,000 children waiting for a daddy and mommy. There are also many mothers with unexpected pregnancies who want to choose adoption instead of abortion…”

There are challenges and blessings associated with both international and domestic adoption. After reflecting on why you feel called to adoption in general,” consideration for the unique aspects of both domestic and international adoptions and deciding which fits you may be an important preliminary decision.