International adoption can be a worrisome or confusing process. You can simplify the process by shoring up your knowledge of the laws of your state, the United States and of the various countries allowing adoption from the U.S. You will also want to consult the United States Department of State website for information about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 which paves the way to citizenship for children born abroad. Here is a short list of books to get you started:
The Complete Adoption Book: Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child By Laura Beauvais-Godwin and Raymond Godwin is a comprehensive handbook on adoption. The authors will guide you through the decision making process including the pros and cons of both international and domestic adoption. The authors guide you through the home study process and have information on the laws governing adoption in each state and Canada. While not specifically about international adoption, this book will guide you through the many decisions that need to be made early on.
The Complete Book of International Adoption: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child By Dawn Davenport is an excellent resource for anyone considering international adoption. Davenport's guide will help you navigate the many steps in international adoption after discerning if it is the right course for you. The author walks you through travel preparation, travel to your country, meeting your child, and helping the child adjust to life in your home. Including are 25 decision points about adoption from various countries. Written in a positive and encouraging voice, Davenport makes you realize you can build the family of your dreams.
The Russian Adoption Handbook: How to Adopt from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova by John Maclean. The author, an attorney and adoptive father himself, delves into the specifics of Eastern European adoption. Maclean will advise you about travel to the region, what to expect in the children's homes, navigating the paperwork and court process, preparing your family, and the adjustment to American life. This is a must-read for anyone planning an adoption from the region.
And finally, one for the kids: I Wished for You: an Adoption Story By Marianne Richmond This heartwarming story about how Barley Bear came to belong to Mama Bear seeks to answer the questions that many adopted persons have: "Why didn't my first parents want me?", as well as other questions about adoption. This story paves the way for open and honest communication and demonstrates the child's value to his or her adoptive parents.