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Adopting a child: domestic vs. international options

Whether you choose domestic adoption, international adoption or fostering it is a personal decision, and there really is no way of saying that one is better than the other – although each has pros and cons.

If you are willing - and able - to provide a child with a loving and stable home, and you, as a couple that is unable to conceive (or who wants to expand your family but can’t) can have a child, then it doesn’t matter how that’s achieved!

When it comes to domestic adoption, the benefits are that you are likely to adopt a child who is still an infant, and where you have access to medical and other records. However, there are strict laws regarding the process, and the birth mother or parents will have the option of changing their mind.

Foster care is a much less costly process, however, the child you foster is likely to be older, and may have been exposed to traumatic experiences that may affect behaviour.

International adoptions are predictable, in that you can expect to receive a child within a definite timeframe (after you’ve been deemed eligible to adopt) however, there are likely to be little or no records for the child, and your adopted child may have a different cultural or ethnic background to you.

Whichever you do choose, remember that giving any child a good home is a great thing, and if you can be of benefit to a child and expand your family, you’re all winning!
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International adoption is growing in popularity - however, not all countries comply with UK adoption laws.
The Philippines is not a country specified on the UK adoption designated list. British citizens adopting in the Philippines need to apply for an adoption order in a UK court if they return to the UK in order for that adoption to be recognised in the UK. 
Some couples are not ready to give up trying to have a natural birth child and will want to continue IVF treatment during the adoption process.
While the criteria for fostering are not as strenuous as those for adoption, there are still certain requirements you need to fulfil in order to be considered.
Foster care provides for the temporary or permanent care of children who for one reason or another, cannot live with their own family.
Adoption is a major decision, and one that no one should take lightly, or try to force anyone into.
It’s impossible to say which is better – domestic or international adoption or fostering a child. Which is better for you depends on your unique situation.
Whether you are attempting to adopt a child who is related to you, or your step child, or a child who is orphaned or abandoned, there is a very specific legal procedure that has to be followed.