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Countries that enable international adoption

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Are you an expat or planning to move to one of the following countries while considering to start a family in a non-traditional way? Adoption is another way to create a loving family by welcoming a child that couldn’t be raised by its birth parents. However, many are disheartened due to the lengthy and expensive adoption process. Expat.com has made a list of the countries that encourage international adoption and support applicants in every step, making the process smoother and less costly.

Taiwan

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This relatively small island-state, east of China, is one of Asia Pacific’s hidden gems. Expats in Taiwan tend to report on the country’s good quality of life, delicious cuisine, natural beauty, work opportunities, and economic development. However, the most prevalent characteristic of Taiwan is its friendly and welcoming people, who will make you feel at home. If you wish to adopt a Taiwanese child, the authorities and government are making the process as fast (no more than ten months) and easy as possible. Whether you are single or married, you must meet the age requirement, as well as have a stable residence and work, and earn a sufficient amount of money.

India

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It is not a piece of cake to settle in India as an expat due to factors such as the low quality of healthcare, ambiguous safety, extreme pollution, and radically different work culture. Thus, many expats find themselves in the middle of a culture shock, but at the same time, they enjoy the entertainment, cuisine, and social life India offers. Becoming a parent to an Indian child is relatively straightforward, except in some states, where the legal processes are slow. Generally speaking, the authorities aren’t asking for much more than the reasonable: you must be in excellent physical, mental, and emotional condition, and you must have the financial means to raise a child.

South Korea

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If you have been an expat in South Korea, you are probably familiar with the Koreans’ strong bonds with the family and the traditional relationship between parents and children. The latter must repay their debt to their parents for giving birth to them and raising them through respect and continuity of the family line. Thus, Korean people are not very open to adoption. However, the international adoption system, which is regulated by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, is very efficient; although it may take up to three years for an adoption to be completed. Also, since 2015 South Korea has been part of the Hague Convention, which regulates international adoption for the child’s safety and best interest.

China

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China has a long tradition in international adoptions, and although many changes have been recently implemented, increasing the waiting period, the process remains one of the most organised and efficient. Adoptions in China are regulated by the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption, and both females and couples can adopt from China, as long as they are 30 years old or above. China pays close attention to the couple’s loving relationship, the health of each adoptive parent, their education level and annual income, as well as their morality (criminal records and traffic law violation are extensively checked).

Haiti

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With severe natural disasters such as an earthquake in 2010 and a hurricane in 2016, expats in Haiti are mainly occupied in the nonprofit industry and are working with development organisations. If you have been living in Haiti, you have probably been struck by the poverty among the population — and adoption is another way to help. The adoption process in Haiti, supervised by the Hague Convention is relatively smooth: you can adopt two related or not children at one time, and there’s no defined minimum income. Although the waiting period may be up to two years (in some cases more), from an early stage, you will be allowed to meet and bond with your child. For eight years after the adoption has been completed, adoptive parents are required to send post-adoption reports on the child’s well being and development.