Many Americans are choosing international adoptions, but navigating adoption law in two separate countries can be quite difficult, and parents may hope that the U.S. Department of State will help. However, the Department of State cannot represent adoptive parents in court or become involved in the adoption process. The agency does offer some assistance for prospective parents, and some potential problems too.
If you are considering adopting a child because of infertility, a desire to help someone in need or for another reason entirely, know that adoption can be one of life's greatest joys. It can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child and in yours, as well, but the decision to adopt is a lasting one, and one that should not be made without considerable forethought.