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International Adoption

Thank you for your interest in our adoption programs. However, American Adoptions does not perform any services for international adoption. Although we once worked with international couples who wished to adopt in the U.S., we have discontinued this service.


  • Two U.S. citizens living abroad on a military base or in U.S. territories or protectorates. At least one spouse must be employed by the United States military or government. Read more about military families looking to adopt.

Additionally, we can work with a pregnant woman who lives outside the U.S. and wants to place a child for adoption IF she has the same living circumstances and meets the same citizenship requirements listed above.

To learn more about the risks associated with domestic and international adoption and to compare both avenues of adoption, reference the other articles in this section.

Domestic vs. International Adoption

When comparing domestic and international adoption, there are many factors a couple must consider: cost, wait times, children available, medical and social history, and legal concerns.

Is International Adoption Risky?

Risks exist in every type of adoption, and it is ultimately up to an adoptive family to determine what risks are acceptable or unacceptable for them.

  • What is the total cost for the entire adoption?

    There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.

  • Can we choose the gender of our baby?

    Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.

  • Do we need to retain our own attorney?

    No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.

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