Help a child with special needs

Children around the world—living without a family or with emotional, physical, or cognitive challenges—deserve a loving home. When we're unable to find an adoptive family to adopt a child in their country of origin, we invite families like yours to adopt them.

What’s ahead for Bethany around the world

When Bethany’s U.S international adoption accreditation expires on March 31, 2021, we’ve decided we will not renew it. We’re going all-in, spearheading international efforts to change the emphasis from bringing children to the U.S. to finding adoptive families for children in their home countries.

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Caring for children with special placement needs

All children deserve care, love, dedication, and a stable, permanent family.

Some common challenges children may face include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Physical disabilities
  • Emotional abuse or trauma

Regardless of the challenges children face, we've seen the way children grow and thrive in a stable, loving home.

Explore the countries we serve

We connect adoptive families to children in need across the globe, helping navigate the intricacies of international adoption.

Why should we choose Bethany?

You'll be equipped to help your family thrive. You'll work with a team of experts who will provide you with training, resources, and support to navigate the joys and challenges of adoption. For over 35 years, we've guided families through the international adoption process, and our experience is one reason why we're one of the largest adoption agencies in the U.S.

How will Bethany help us through the adoption process?

Once you have met our staff at an orientation meeting and had the opportunity to ask your questions, Bethany’s staff will work with you through the home study process. Once approved, we will help you prepare a dossier (legal documents necessary to meet international adoption requirements), immigration pre-filing papers, and other paperwork. Bethany also provides high-quality training opportunities to ensure parents are prepared to care for a child.

How long does the international adoption process take?

The average adoption timeline varies by country. In some countries, the process can take as few as 12 months; in others, it can take several years. Your adoption specialist will discuss specific country processes with you.

Where does Bethany provide international adoption services?

Bethany has adoption programs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. Details about adoption programs in specific countries are available here.

What expenses are involved in an international adoption?

There are country fees and expenses related to travel, visas, etc. Adoptive parents are required to travel to the child’s country to complete the adoption. Your adoption specialist will provide detailed information about the fees associated with adopting from your chosen country.

When will the adoption be finalized?

The adoption may be finalized in the country from which you are adopting. Some countries also require you to complete the adoption in the state where you reside, after which you will receive your final order of adoption.

Will Bethany help our family adjust to the changes in our lives?

Bethany is committed to providing post-placement services for adoptive families. Following placement, a Bethany adoption specialist will follow up with your family and will send reports to the country from which you adopted. In addition, we provide post-placement support, guidance, education, and referrals to other resources, if needed, long after your adoption is finalized.

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