Intercountry Adoption

Some families come to us very clear about which country they wish to adopt from. They may have family connections overseas, or are originally from that country, or they might be adopting a child who is related to them. Others are less certain and seek guidance to help explore their options.

What is Intercountry adoption?

We have contracted the Inter-Country Adoption service to provide adults wishing to adopt a child resident abroad a full service – from the point of enquiry until the child enters the UK with the adopters. It is open to all regardless of whether they are first time adopters, adopting again, or have already identified (and sometimes adopted) the child in the state of origin.

When adopting a child from overseas, prospective parents need to be respectful of a child’s culture, particularly if it is not the same as their own. They must be willing to engage with their adoptive child’s background and to ensure that they grow up with a full sense of their cultural heritage.

When adopting from abroad, it is important to note that you must be eligible to adopt both within the UK as well as from the relevant country overseas. Sometimes that country’s eligibility criteria might be different or more stringent than the UK’s, so the first step for potential adopters is to check their eligibility by contacting the ICA Advice Line. Their FAQ section may also answer some of the basic questions.

All applicants benefit from the ICAs specialist information, advice and other support services including specialist preparation offered by IAC. For more information contact the ICA Telephone: 020 8449 2562 info@icacentre.org.uk

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