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Old 01-08-2014, 10:02 PM
Location: Liberal Coast
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From what I'm seeing, it looks a referral from El Salvador or Mexico will most likely be an older child (over five). They are both also pretty long programs that will likely take two years or more to complete. Colombia isn't taking applicants for non-special need now (families have been waiting over five years for a referral), but you'd have to check if any agencies have children with no special needs in that age range listed. The non-special needs route for Bulgaria is taking over four years to get a referral for most families.

You can get a non-special needs child (usually a young toddler by homecoming) from Korea, but that is taking awhile (most people are around two years). Many also think the country may close soon. Congo used to be an option for families wanting to go that route, too, but that country is VERY up in the air right now. Haiti is an option, but it is also a long process country.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:08 PM
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Thanks for your feedback. There is so much to consider.
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:14 PM
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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Originally Posted by CraigCreek View Post
Have you considered Ukraine? There are thousands of little Ukrainian boys (and little girls, too, for that matter) aged five and over waiting for families (only Ukrainians can adopt children under age five, with a few exceptions: see below).

If you are willing to consider minor special needs (lazy eye, orthopedic issues, cleft palate, HIV, mild CP, etc), or a sibling group, younger children are also available.

Orphanage conditions range from good (for orphanages) to pretty bad, unfortunately, but the adoption procedure is reasonably direct and usually requires around six weeks in country, with one long or two shorter trips being necessary.

If you learned a little Russian during your daughter's adoption, it would serve you well in much of Ukraine. The recent unrest in Kiev has not affected adopting families other than causing a few traffic jams, btw.

I am seconding Ukraine. Bulgaria takes a very long time. I was not aware that Mexico still an option and I had not heard of El Salvador as an option.
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