If you are considering adoption, and/or have a heart for orphans, you may have wondered which country has the most orphans. Also, you may have wondered which country has the greatest need for adoptive parents. Since international adoption is always changing, and what’s true for Canada may not be true for you, here’s some guidelines when narrowing down where in the world children are most in need of being adopted:
1. As you begin your search, you are bound to find that certain countries are closed to adoption at this time. Even though there may be thousands of orphans there, adoption is not an open. Strike these countries from your list.
2. As you search farther, take notice of the countries that have programs that are currently full and have a “call back” list. This means that the country/program is so full with prospective parents that the agency can’t even entertain an application from you for a while! This can happen at times when there are more people seeking to adopt then there are children available. By default, strike these countries/programs from your list as well.
3. Look into wait times from when the dossier is received to when one could expect a proposal. Generally speaking, those with waits that are 5+ years tend to be slow because there are way more prospective parents than there are children available. Another strike. (You should now be left with only a handful of countries/adoption programs that a) the country is open to international adoptions and b) have open spots for you to apply now and c) have a proposed wait list of less than 5 years).
4. As you communicate with the handful of various countries’ adoption programs, you may find that one theme remains when you ask, “what children are the most in need of being adopted?” You are likely to hear over and over again: boys, sibling groups, children over 5 year of age, and children with special needs.
5. While the first four points was looking at international adoption, don’t forget to contact your local Children’s Welfare office to inquire about adoption from Foster Care as well. There are children in need of being adopted whose parents have had their rights terminated and these children wait…and wait… and wait for a permanent family.
Edited: What country has children with the greatest need of being adopted? The short answer is… its complicated. See Kristen’s comment below for more consideration re: international adoption: