W.L. asks from Kennewick, WA on January 24, 2010
International Adoption Spanish/Latino Heritage
For various reasons, medical and personal, my husband and I have made the decision to go the adoption route instead of trying to have biological children. My husband comes from Hispanic heritage (Honduras) and, initially, we were hoping to pursue international adoption with a country with a Latino/Hispanic heritage. From what my research has told me, Honduras rarely adopts internationally and Guatemala has stopped adoptions altogether. Honestly, I feel I've heard/read so many different things that it's a bit overwhelming.
Does anyone have any knowledge or insight to adopting from South America countries that might get me on the right track? Thanks in advance.
Update: 9:16 pm 1/24/09
(I am sorry for the life of me I can't figure out how to respond back to anyone on here without doing this).
Checked out Rainbowkids and am heading back to look over site again. They've by far been the most helpful.
Domestic adoption: Of course I know there are Latino families here (lol!) My husband is here and he's Latino. Like I said, we are at the VERY beginning stages and we have no experience with adoption (aside from my niece who is on her way from China next month after an excruciating four-year wait). All the domestic adoption sites I found seemed like it was pregnant mothers looking for families, which I think is great, but I also don't know if I could handle a mother changing her mind last minute or wanting an open adoption. I know there is plenty of heartache and pains in both domestic and international adoption, but I just don't know about domestic. I would love to hear more about it though - any advice would be helpful.
M.A. answers from Houston on January 24, 2010
How about adopting from our own United States? To think that there are not latino (specifically a Honduras background) is silly. There are multiple children from multiple kinds of backgrounds that need homes. Surely an adoption agency that you choose can find what you are looking for. Doesnt necessarily have to be from the actual country. Plenty of people migrate here with children that need homes. Perhaps telling them your desires will result in a child that you want.
Whatever you decide, Godspeed, Good Luck in your search and God Bless all your family.
F.M. answers from Portland on January 25, 2010
My siblings were both adopted a long time ago so I love, love, the whole adoption idea and hope to maybe adopt one day in the future. I know of many parents who adopted both domestically and internationally through Holt Adoption which is based here in Oregon (they work with families all over the States, though). I found that, even if you do not use them, they are a great resource of information regarding adoption. I would check out their website and consider going to one of their question and answer forums to see what your options might be. I hope you find the answers you are seeking. Best of luck with starting your family!
A.A. answers from Portland on January 26, 2010
Once in a job interview, my interviewer told me Colombia had a very legitimate and well-organized adoption program. She also didn't want to adopt in the USA because they knew about adopting parents suffering the heartbreak of the birth mom changing her mind at the last minute.
I requested a brochure to the following agency: Children's Hope International. http://www.childrenshopeint.org/ since I'm also thinking to adopt we have a child of our own but would like in the future to adopt instead of having another kid. (both my husband and I are Hispanics).
There is another agency called Bethany adoption services
L.S. answers from Seattle on January 25, 2010
Reguarding domestic adoption..there are many hispanic kids/babies that get taken away from there parents for lack of appropiate care and the parents loose their rights and the kids get put up for adoption. Contact DSHS to look into this. As you know, you'll want to consider if the child is local and if the family will know you exist.
L.L. answers from Seattle on January 25, 2010
Colombia also performs a few international adoptions each year. They are fewer, but it is another possibility.
My suggestion would be to really review the requirements for each country and then find which agencies work in each country. Find a country that suits your family best and then find the agency that is the best in that country. Then proceed with your homestudy. Homestudies are country specific so just going out and starting one will cause you more paperwork and possibly more expense in the long run.
We adopted our son from Russia 3 years ago and if something could go wrong it happened to us. We even had the best agency out there for a Russian adoption. Know that international adoption (and domestic adoption) can be a rough ride with not much in your control. If you would like to know more you can email me at ____@____.com. I don't work for an agency. I'm simply a mom to a son from Russia.
M.L. answers from Seattle on January 25, 2010
We are also considering adoption, and I completely understand your concerns. We initially considered international for the same reasons as you. But we eventually decided on an open domestic adoption. Most domestic adoption agencies provide extensive counseling for the birthmothers, so a mother changing her mind at the last minute is rare, but it does hapen. In addition, an adoption can be as open or as closed as you wish it to be - this is decided between both families and it becomes a legal contract. This often changes over time as circumstances change, either more open or less (the birth family might move away, making contact more difficult, or the families might decide that they really like to spend time together.) You can also specify that you want a child of a particular race, and you are in luck, because there are many more hispanic babies than caucasian. Whatever you decide, do alot of research. Most of the local agencies provide free introduction meetings where you can ask questions and meet other parents in the same boat. We went to every meeting in the area before choosing an agency that we were completely comfortable with. There is no obligation to attend, so have fun exploring your options!
S.S. answers from Santa Barbara on January 24, 2010
Hi, I know that there are agencies that are working in Latin American countries. When I adopted my son I used www.rainbowkids.com as a resource for information. They have country info and agency info. When you find an agency that you want to work with they can guide you through the country intricacies (sp?). Your first step is to get your homestudy done and get an agency. You just need to take it one step at a time. If you are looking for dark hair and complexion you might also consider the Romany children of Eastern European countries too. We live in CA and my son is regularly mistaken for being of Latin American heritage, despite being from Bulgaria. If you have any other questions, please feel free to message me directly.
Adoption is a great choice,