Adoption from Russia

With a lack of babies up for adoption at home, and the images of unwanted babies left in State orphanages, its hardly surprising that more people are considering adopting a baby from Russia.

Adoption organizations such as Children's Hope International are working with prospective adoptive parents who choose to adoption from Russia.

There are children of all ages waiting for adoption in Russia. There are usually more boys than girls available for adoption, as well as older children and children with special needs. 

Specialist Adoption Agencies work with the prospective adoptive parents from the application process to the day when they actually hold their adoptive child in their arms.

When adopting from Russia or any foreign country, having a specialist adoption agency working with the individuals and for them, is a great asset.

For example, the agency can make the travel arrangements for the adoptive parents inside of Russia such as airport transfers and hotel reservations. They have Russian co-ordinators who are very knowledgeable about the adoption process and who meet and assist the adoptive parents during their entire visit to Russia.

When adopting in Russia, all the legal adoption process is carried out in Russia. This involves the adoptive parents being present at Russian court hearings and for the signing of legal documents. A specialist agency will make this much less daunting, as well as providing a translation service.

Adoption from Russia has no age requirements. Most adoptive parents however, are between 25 and 55 years of age. Younger adoptive parents are more likely to be able to eligible for baby adoption. Adoptive parents over the age of 45 are generally matched with a child over 18 months old.

Adoptive parents are not required to be married to adopt from Russia.

Single women are eligible to adopt from Russia if they can prove to have above average financial ability. They must also show evidence of an excellent plan for the care of the adopted child if they intend to work. Another requirement of single women when adopting from Russia is a psychiatric evaluation for the Russian Government. Single women are only permitted to adopt one child at a time.

Prospective adoptive couples who have been divorced two times or more may find it difficult if attempting to adoption from Russia.

When adopting from Russia travel costs can be very expensive since the adoptive parents are expected to spend time in Russia. Since the adoption takes place in Russia, they will be compelled to return for court proceedings and any other necessary meetings.

Adoption from Russia can cost in the region of £15,000 or $30,000, as the adoptive parents are responsible for all administrative fees, legal fees, medical fees and any other expenses which are related to the adoption process.