Intercountry Adoption

Intercountry Adoption

Intercountry adoptionIn some countries, for a range of complex cultural and economic reasons, children are unable to be taken care of by their parents, extended families, or anyone else. These children must grapple with a range of medical, family background and trauma related special needs. They are often older children aged four years plus, who have no possibility of growing up in a family environment in their country of birth.

Becoming a part of a secure and loving Victorian family could help some of these children to realise their full potential.

This website has been set up by the Department of Health and Human Services to explain the background to intercountry adoption, the processes, and the frustrations, so that families interested in pursuing this path know exactly what they’re letting themselves in for. It’s worth reading carefully.

Intercountry adoption can be immensely rewarding for families, and particularly for the children who’ll be embraced by those families. However, the complex needs of the children require any prospective adoptive families to be highly motivated to inform and prepare themselves for the unique challenges that are faced by intercountry adopted children and their families.

This profile of older, highly vulnerable and traumatised children has led to the Victorian Intercountry Adoption Program placing an increased emphasis on its educative and assessment frameworks to assist families to:

  1. Identify and understand their motivation to adopt a child with special needs, and
  2. To highlight a therapeutic approach to parenting, that respects the unique needs of the intercountry adopted child.

The process of intercountry adoption is complex and can be confusing. It is helpful for you to know as much as possible about the program and its requirements.

So, before you consider applying, there are some important things you should know.

They may surprise you.

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