Pros of International adoption: Child is AVAILABLE at that moment for adoption, child is living in an institution and the want these children to be adopted. No bio parents or family to come back later wanting their child back. Cons: cost.
In the end after a lot of prayer, we decided International. My husband is a fireman, I am a stay-at-home mom, we are not millionaires. But we knew we could do it. By the way, half of the cost of International Adoption is the travel.
When we were in process we got comments of, "Buy American." That just really stung because why do people think that one child deserves to be adopted over another child just because of citizenship? Well, we finished and in total our costs were just under $50,000. The government offers a tax credit in the year that we completed the adoption of $13,170. Seems like a lot of money yes? Well after spend $50,000, it was an answered prayer to restore our savings. Unlike the rest of America we buy what we can afford, we spend money that we have. We do not play the credit game.
Well after this year the adoption tax credit ends for families and is reduced to $6000 and only applies to families who adopt "special needs" children. That means that most families will not qualify anymore for the tax credit. And just so you know, Domestic Infant Adoption runs on average $25,000. I have petitioned my congressman and senator to extend the tax credit for future families. Today someone shared a page on Facebook for the Save the Adoption Tax Credit I went over to look at it. I was reading some of the comments and I was truly appalled. One poster posted a PowerPoint that people who adopt internationally should NOT receive any tax credit because we are ELITE people who do not need the finances back. And that we are "purchasing" a child. I finally lost it and responded to them. I was firm but not offensive. In my opinion. It just makes me so angry that people who feel that children in orphanages deserve less because they are not American Citizens yet. In this power point also it showed children who have been killed by their American adopted parents. Guess what, it happens to "American" children who are adopted also. It infuriates me that people can be so narrow minded. I know that people are not going to change just because they get called out, but I hope that before you think less of a parent who has adopted internationally, I hope you watch this video of A LOT of Russia-born babies, who are now ALL American Citizens and are going to do AMAZING THINGS!