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“Expected” Income
Posted: 14 July 2010 03:53 PM   Ignore ]  
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We’ve been having a rough time finding a good agency to work with us. Several we have now talked to have “expected” annual income requirements, usually between $70,000-$90,000+ per year. They explained that foreign officials will not select adoptive parents unless they make this much. We have solid income, but it is closer to $40,000 per year because we both work for non-profit agencies.

Has anyone had good experiences with their agency that has more flexible parenting requirements?

Posted: 26 July 2010 03:14 AM   Ignore ]  
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Have you considered domestic infant adoption?  We found, after much research, that it was more affordable and more predictable than foreign adoptions.  We have three adoption neices from Asia - but the youngest is just 6 years old.  We understand the cost for the adoption process has changed signicantly in the past 5 years and some may not be aware that domestic adoptions are often less expensive.

Posted: 26 July 2010 05:08 AM   Ignore ]  
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Hello, and thanks for your reply. We are finding those exact results: particularly in regards to foster-adopt agencies. We’ve enrolled in the parenting classes, and hope that this might turn out to be a better route for us. New and different risks, but anything is worth bringing our child home. Thanks for the encouragement, glad we aren’t the only ones out there.

Posted: 19 August 2010 04:25 AM   Ignore ]  
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We’ve found that smaller agencies tend to be more lenient in their rules. My husband was initially reluctant to going with a smaller agency b/c he places a lot of value and trust in experience, and the larger agencies simply do more business. However, after lots of research and several reality checks, we realized a couple things….we couldn’t afford a big, renowned agency….and a smaller agency seemed to suite our personalities better anyway. Our agency is small, and our income isn’t anything to write home about ($60,000/yr combined)...but the agency didn’t bat an eye…their main concern was whether we were financially sound enough to provide for a baby.

Good luck.