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Woman looking down a dirt roadWhile we aren't an adoption agency and cannot make agency recommendations, look to our specialists and information contained on this site to help answer those initial questions you have about the health and development of the child who will one day be referred to you. We will help you gain a better understanding of the health risks of that child and will be able to decide whether you have the resources to provide what that child needs.

The sooner your child leaves an orphanage or impermanent care situation, the better. But let us help you make an informed decision, the one that will be best for you, for the child, and the rest of your family.

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Assessing the Health Needs of a Child From Afar

As you know better than anyone, international adoption is an expensive, emotionally draining and time-consuming process. Often, by the time a family receives a referral, they are desperate to complete the process and have a child in their arms. But we want adoptive families to be matched with children they are capable of parenting. We want to help you make a well-reasoned decision when the time comes—at a point in your life when it likely will be difficult to be dispassionate. No one’s best interests will be served if you accept the referral of a child whose needs are greater than your family’s ability to provide. 

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