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My husband and I are pursing adoption of a waiting child, specifically one with minor to sever CHD, but are open to other medical disabilities as well. Our daughter was born with complex CHD and underwent open heart surgery, so we are well informed with what it takes/medical costs/ hospital stays/etc. She is one of the original reasons we wanted to pursue this. We are interested in Africa, Haiti, and China.

I have been intensely researching as well as reaching out to Agencies. It’s so hard to trust reviews, as people say that some of the reviews for agencies on forums are written by employees themselves.

I would like your help (please!) with agencies. Right now I am seriously considering, and have talked to, Children of All Nations and European Adoption Consultants (EAC). I feel lost and would love guidance!

**I wanted to add that we meet all requirements by those countries


I currently am in the process of adopting a girl from China who has Down Syndrome. I know that isn’t necessarily what you are seeking but often times Down Syndrome children do have CHD. We are going through Lifeline because Lifeline is one of the few agencies that gets updated files on waiting children. We are currently looking at Rainbow Kids but may or may not ultimately choose a child from that waiting list. So far I say that I have liked Lifeline but I am still in the beginning stages of the adoption so I can’t vouch for if it will continue to be a good experience for us. By the way, Rainbow Kids have a multitude of different special needs children from a variety of countries. You may want to begin your search there.

Posted by tlhrebicik on Nov 12, 2016 at 11:31pm

Did you look at foster children who are waiting? Medical records may be better and costs are about zero. Plus you may qualify for money to help with special need.

Posted by Regina on Nov 13, 2016 at 3:43am

tlhrebicik Thanks, I need to look into Lifeline! I’ve heard really good things about them. We are open to other medical needs, as well! Like you said, many of them go hand in hand.

I also have an account with Rainbow kids! I’ve talked to agencies, and many waiting children get placed before they’re shared and put on Rainbow Kids. They said when a waiting child has been on their list a month and reviewed by their families in their system, they’ll share the profile and post them publicly. So I’m debating if I should go with an agency first.

Posted by jtol on Nov 13, 2016 at 5:00am

Regina, I looked into foster care first. We have friends who are in the middle of fostering to adopt. I liked the idea of being able to adopt domestically but found the process to adopting a child with special needs through foster care very hard. I even reached out and talked to social workers.

I also thought that the wait would be shorter when adopting a child with special needs through foster care, but I’ve learned it can actually be considerably longer.
Do you have any advice with navigating foster care adoptions? I’m always welcoming any advice/tips people have!

Posted by jtol on Nov 13, 2016 at 5:05am

I don’t know what state you are in. Some work with private agencies, some go county by county and some go state wide.

I would just start the process. Going to education classes won’t hurt you even if you end up going international. You will learn something.

Then social workers get to know you. No agency can just produce who you want they either have a child with that medical issue or do not. You may find they do or you may become interested in someone else.

There is an agency that places children with Downs which was mentioned above. I don’t know if you are interested in that here is one

Once approved the worker can help you do an interstate search. But the agencies priority is to place the children in care not find you a child.

Posted by Regina on Nov 13, 2016 at 1:43pm

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