Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Orphans of God

I made this video about a month ago for a friend who was presenting an America World seminar.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The Face of Love: Orphans Around The World

Introducing my newest video, "The Face of Love". It focuses on Adoption and Orphans Around the World.

Children in the video, in order of appearance, are:
Ayana, Josiah, Esther, Jeremiah and James, Emma, Asher, Moses, AnnaClaire, Keziah and Keren, and Sarah!

The song is "The Face of Love" by Sanctus Real.

A HUGE Thank You to all who helped to make this possible:

Saturday, July 21, 2007

South Korea Adoption

Country Profile: South Korea is the southern half of the Korean Peninsula shared with North Korea. Seoul, South Korea is one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Approximately one half of South Korea's population lives in the Seoul metropolitan area. South Korea is the world's leader in shipbuilding and is among the world's most technologically advanced countries.

Children Available: The majority of children available are babies (age 5-6 months at time of referral), as well as some toddlers and special needs. South Korea does not permit the adoption of two or more unrelated children at once. Boys, as well as girls are available. However there may be a longer wait for a girl. Also, some agencies may have varying policies on selecting boy or girl.

Requirements: Married couples age 25- 44 are eligible to adopt from South Korea. Up to one divorce per parent is permitted. Couples must be marrried for a minimum of 3 years before adopting. Singles are not accepted to adopt from South Korea. Up to four biological and/or adopted children in the home is allowed.

Time line: The time line of adoption from South Korea may vary. Unlike some other countries, adoption agencies are the ones to refer children to families, therefore a dossier, required for most countries, is not need for South Korea. Waiting for a referral from your agency comes soon after beginning the process and can take anywhere from 2-15 months to receive a referral. After receiving your referral the wait until travel to South Korea or child escorted home ranges anywhere from 3-6 months.

Cost: $17,000- 22,000

Children placed in 2006: 1,376 children came home from South Korea to the United States in 2006.

Adoption Agencies for Adopting from South Korea:
Adopting from Korea- An Adoptive Parent's Guide to Korean Adoption

*Information is subject to change. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at: bound4meimei@yahoo.com

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Russia Adoption

Country Profile: Spanning across both Europe and Asia is a transcontinental country, Russia. Russia is the largest country in the world being almost double the size of the world's second-largest country, Canada. Russia shares borders with fourteen countries across Eurasia. Russia has the world's ninth-largest population and is the leading nation in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Children Available: In Russia, the children reside in orphanages of vastly varying circumstances. The children are relinquished, abandoned, or removed, as neglect due to alcohol is not uncommon. Both girls and boys are available. The children range in age from 6 months old to teens. Special needs children, as well as sibling groups are available. Dependent upon the agency, adopting two unrelated children at once may also be an option. Most of the children are of Caucasian descent.

Requirements: Both couples and single women are allowed to adopt. In certain cases, single men will be permitted to adopt. Income requirements are varied, although the standard seems to be approximately $10,000 per family member. Single applicants must show an above-average of financial resources. Also, single applicants must complete a few extra steps to the dossier that couples do not. Russia has no country requirements on age, length of marriage, or number of previous divorces. Although adoption agencies, certain regions of Russia, and Russian judges may have requirements. It looks as if the standard for the mother's age is no more than 45 years older than the child with no strict requirements for the father.

Time line: There is a great variation in the time line of an adoption from Russia, ask an agency for specifics. However, it looks as if the wait is slightly longer for girls than boys and generally it is a shorter wait for sibling groups, older children, or special needs. Also, Russia requires two trips to Russia for the adoptive family.

Cost: $22,000-28,000

Children placed in 2006: 3,706 children came home from Russia to the United States in 2006.

Adoption Agencies for Adopting from Russia:

*Information is subject to change. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at: bound4meimei@yahoo.com

Monday, May 21, 2007

India Adoption

Country Profile: India is a country of great history. It is the second most populous country in the world, immediately following China. It borders China, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Indian Ocean. It is also the largest democracy in the world.

Children Available: Babies to children age 12 are available. The adoption of two unrelated children at once is not allowed. The children are cared for in orphanges. Children are left as a result of poverty, neglect, death in the family, or single motherhood which is greatly looked down upon in India.

Requirements: Couples are allowed to adopt. Single women are permitted case-by-case, if they are between the ages of 30-45. Couples must be at least 30 years of age to adopt from India and no older than 55, however there is a requirement of a combined age difference of the parents and the child which is 90. Also, there must be no more than 45 years of an age difference between older parent and child. Couples must be married for 5 years, and must have no more than a total of 2 divorces. The number of children already in the family could be a factor for India as prioity is given to childless couples. Also, couples with just one child will be given priority. Exceptions to this are non-gender specific (open to boy or girl) and special needs adoption.

Time line: After submitting your dossier to India, the wait for referral can be anywhere between a few to 12 months. The wait is significantly shorter for special needs/older child adoptions, as well as adoptions in which at least one parent is of Indian heritage. The wait for the referral of a healthy, as young as possible, girl, seems to be the longest. After referral, the time to travel can be anywhere from 4-8 months.

Cost: $13,000- 16,000

Children placed in 2006: 320 children came home from India to the United States in 2006.

Adoption Agencies for Adopting from India:
*Information is subject to change. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at: bound4meimei@yahoo.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Vietnam Adoption

Country Profile: Vietnam borders China, Laos and Cambodia. It is the 13th most populated country in the world. Vietnam also is the farthest east nation on the Indochina Peninsula.

Children Available: The children available for adoption in Vietnam range in age from 3 months to 15 years at referral. Children with special needs are also available. Siblings groups are rare and the adoption of two unrelated children at once is not illegal, but it is also not encouraged. Both boys and girls are available for adoption, although some agencies state that the wait for the referral of a boy will be shorter.

Requirements: Both couples and singles are permitted to adopt. There is no upper age limit, but must be at least 20 years older than the child adopting. Vietnam has no requirements for length of marriage or divorce, although some agencies may have different guidelines. The country has no set limit on the number of children in home, however if you have more than 4 children in the home, you might need special permission.

Time line: After compiling a dossier, you send it to Vietnam. The wait time for referral is varied with each agency. To get recent and realistic wait times, call a few agencies. Again, some agencies also state that the wait time for the referral of a boy will be shorter. After referral until travel it should be approximately 3-6 months. Travel to Vietnam is required, although, if needed, it may be only one parent. It is one trip of 2-3 weeks.

Cost: $17,000-24,000

Children placed in 2006: 163 children came home from Vietnam to the United States in 2006.

Adoptions Agencies for Adopting from Vietnam:
*Information is subject to change. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at bound4meimei@yahoo.com

Saturday, May 5, 2007

China Adoption

Country Profile: China is one of the world's oldest civilizations. It is rich in history and culture. China is a vast country with 1.3 billion people. In 1979, the Government of the People's Republic of China implemented a new law in efforts to control their growing population. This law allows most families to only have one, sometimes two children. It is called the "Planned Birth Policy", but is known most widely as the "One Child Policy". Because of China's birth control policy, many children are abandoned each year. Most are girls, because of the old preference for male children. If you have additional children then what you are allowed you can face heavy fines. Each year thousands, perhaps even millions, of children are abandoned.

Children Available: Children age 6 months-13 years are available. The average age of child at time of coming home is 10-13 months. China does not allow the adoption of two unrelated children at once, sibling groups (other than twins) are not available. Twins are available, although limited. 95% of the children adopted from China are girls, although there are still many, many precious boys waiting for families in China too.

Requirements: Married couples age 30-50 for the non-special needs program. 50-55 for the special needs program. If neither of the parents has been divorced, the length of marriage must be 2 years. However, if either parent has been divorced, the length of marriage must be at least 5 years. A total of no more than 2 divorces is allowed for China. There is a limit of 4 children (biological or adopted) in the home at time of adoption. Unfortunately, China is not accepting single applicants at this time, however, there are many countries that do. On May 1, 2007 China's new requirements for adoptive families went into effect. For a complete list of these new regulations click here.

Special Needs/Waiting Child Program: After reading the requirements, if you do not already know, you may wonder what China's special needs program is exactly. China's special needs or "waiting child" program is a very good option for families interested in adopting from China. Different agencies are given waiting child listings from the CCAA (China Center of Adoption Affairs) for the agencies to place. The children on these lists have minor, correctable special needs (examples are cleft lip/palate, hepatitis b, missing limb, heart defect, clubfoot, birthmark, etc.) and/or the children can be older. My little sister, Sarah Lu, has a corrected cleft lip and was on a waiting child list.

Time line: The wait for healthy referrals is looking like it is about 18-24 months for dossier submission to referral. From referral to travel, it is about 6-8 weeks.

The wait time for special needs is significantly lower (Sarah Lu was home 6 months after our dossier submission).

Cost: $15,000-20,000

Children placed in 2006: 6,493 children came home from China to the USA in 2006 and was the 1st most adopted from country of international adoptions from the United States.

Adoptions Agencies for Adopting from China:

*Information is subject to change. If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at bound4meimei@yahoo.com

Our China Adoption Story: