The Republic of Moldova
The Republic of Moldova is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, located between Romania to the West and Ukraine to the North, East and South. In its history, Moldova has been part of Romania as well as the Soviet Union, and has been an independent nation since 1991. Since it gained its independence the Republic of Moldova continues to strive toward economic stability. International Family Services is one of a handful of U.S. adoption agencies who have been approved by the government of Moldova. The Republic of Moldova is a Hague Convention country.
China is one of the world’s oldest continuous civilizations, consisting of provinces and cultures dating back many centuries. It has the world’s longest continuously used written language system, and is the source of what are referred to as the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China: paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing. China is home to one fifth of the world’s population and tens of thousands of orphaned and abandoned children.
China also provides one of the most consistent, fast, and reliable international adoption programs available – the China Special Needs Adoption Program. These are children who desperately need to be nurtured in a stable, loving home. Yet parents who adopt these dear children so often report that they (the parents) and the siblings of the special child are the ones who receive the greatest blessing.
Bulgaria is a small fascinating country of ancient culture, scenic beauty and friendly people located in Southeastern Europe. In recent years Bulgaria was slow in placing orphan children for international adoption, but recently, with the move to Hague Convention status, Bulgaria now offers, what promises to be, a consistent and predictable option for adoptive parents.
The IFS India program is like two adoption programs under one roof.
The 1st program focuses on Indian families living in the US who have received the designation from the Indian government as NRI (Non-Resident Indian – A citizen of India, holding an Indian passport, but residing abroad) or OCI (Overseas Citizen of India). In general the Indian government allows these families to adopt children who are either non-special needs children and/or special needs children.
The 2nd program accommodates families who do not meet the above definitions (NRI or OCI). These families may adopt children who are considered Special Needs Children. Special Needs Children can include children with the following needs: minor, fixable and/or manageable, physical and/or medical special needs, older “healthy” children (typically 6 and older), “healthy” siblings, or children with more significant needs.
IFS is happy to be able to offer healthy Ukrainian children. While all ages are available, due to the child’s wait on the central registry in Kiev, the youngest will be at least one year old at the time of referral, and typically no younger than 18 months. This gives Ukrainian families the chance to adopt the children before they become available for international adoption. Certain cases of special needs children do not need to wait on this registry, so they could be younger.
Ethiopia is a beautiful country situated in Eastern Africa near the Red Sea with a population of 53 million. It is one of the oldest countries in the world and was the home of the Queen of Sheba. Seventeen years of civil war bankrupted the country and left thousands of orphaned children. The numbers continue to increase as the diseases of poverty cause premature deaths of parents.
United States - Domestic Cross-Cultural Adoption
We are excited to announce our new Cross Cultural Program for families who are interested in adopting newborns. We, in the U.S. find ourselves facing increasingly hard economic times and this has impacted the ability of single birthmothers to parent their children. Sadly, there are situations where the birthmother may need to make adoption plans for the baby she is carrying.