If you have completed an international adoption, we would love some advice
My husband and I would like to adopt a child from his home country of Ukraine.
Does anyone have any experience with adopting internationally?
What fees were associated? What country did you adopt from? Did you hire a lawyer? Adoption agency? Which one did you use? Any big surprises? How long did you have to spend over seas? Did both you and your partner go? How did you pay for your home back home while you were gone? Were you able to get a leave of absence from work? Was your family supportive? What was your biggest obstacle in international adopting? Where did you get documents translated? How much did it cost you? What was your home study like? How long did you have to wait? How did you find a child? Did the agency find a child for you? Recommendations for an agency or lawyer? Do they do a credit check? (I had a bankruptcy years ago, but have since sorted my life out).
Would love especially to hear from anyone who may have adopted specifically from Ukraine 🙂 I know a lot of the material I have found in my reading says the adoption agencies are concerned about culture shock for the child, in our case the child will be 100% OK. My husband was born and raised there, and we both speak Ukrainian, and will be able to give the child a familiar atmosphere with familiar foods/music/tv etc….
Please Note – I do not need to hear information/stories from Canadian adoptions. The process is entirely different.