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ABC’s of Waiting Children

What are “Waiting Children”?

There are times when Kids To Adopt receives preliminary information on children for adoption who are considered special needs or hard to place.  Regional officials know that finding families for children who have special needs, are older, or are part of a large sibling group can be difficult.  In an effort to ensure these children have a chance to be adopted, our coordinators will sometimes provide us with preliminary information that may include a medical summary and photograph.  The coordinators make an effort to ensure to the best of their ability that these children are legally free for adoption and that their paperwork is in order.  These children are considered to be our “waiting children.”

How do I adopt a “Waiting Child”?

If you are interested in adopting one of our waiting children, you will need to complete an application with Kids To Adopt and send in your application fee of $295 to put a child on hold.  Once your application is approved, we will notify our coordinators that there is a family interested in adopting the child and we will send you an adoption contract. Kids To Adopt will give you 14 days to decide if you would like to adopt this child before providing the child’s information to another inquiring family.  This gives your family time to have the preliminary information reviewed by medical experts.

What about the medical questions I may have about the child?

There are many doctors out there who review medical information of international children for families.  At your request, we can provide you with a list of international adoption doctors that we know of but it is our policy to not recommend any particular medical expert.  Our list contains information for doctors that other KTA families have used in the past.  This list is not inclusive of all doctors who provide this service.  Sometimes we are able to get questions that you may have answered by the orphanage director or child’s doctor.  KTA tries our best to get your questions answered in a timely fashion but we cannot control the level of response received from the sending country.  The process of receiving answers may take several weeks.  If our coordinators feel that they will be unable to get the answers to your questions, they will let us know so that you can make a decision about continuing with the adoption process.

Am I guaranteed this child?

No.  While we do our best to make it possible for you to adopt the waiting child of your preference, we cannot guarantee this.  A child that is selected from among our waiting child list is not considered to be an official referral.  Official referrals must come from the Central Authority in the sending country.  When you travel to your child’s country, you will receive an official referral from the central authority or other authorized party, the official referral, however, cannot be promised to be your waiting child.

The individual designated by that country will provide you with the child’s official medical information.  Once you receive the official referral and after you meet the child, you will have up to two weeks to decide if you would like to accept the referral and proceed with the adoption.  At any point in time until the court date and  the adoption decree has been issued, it is possible for you to lose the referral of your child.  Referrals can be lost for many reasons such as biological family members coming to the orphanage and petitioning to take the child home, a family from the sending country may decide to adopt the child, another family wishing to adopt internationally may get their paperwork submitted before your family, the child may become too ill to be adopted, or in the case of an older child, the child may decide that he or she does not want to be adopted.

Each sending country has a law that specifies at what age a child has the right to decide if they want to be adopted by your family.  For many of our programs, once a child is 10, the child must go to court with you and tell the judge that he or she wants to be adopted by your family.

What if something happens to the child I hope to adopt?

If there is a problem and you cannot adopt the child you had hoped to adopt, then we will do our best to work with you to find another child that would be a good match for your family.  Please remember … we at Kids To Adopt do our best to try to ensure that you do get to adopt the child you are hoping to adopt, but there are so many factors outside of our control that we cannot make any guarantees.