International Adoption

What is international adoption?

Adopting a child from another country is known as international or intercountry adoption. This is the adoption of children from outside the United States. Since 1982, we have united thousands of international children with loving forever families, a testament to our expertise, integrity, and high quality of service. Our staff understands the unique requirements of each international adoption program we offer. We are fully accredited through the Hague Convention, which provides guidelines for international adoption to protect the best interests of adopted children.

Every child in our world is precious in God’s sight. At Bethany, we are called to address the global orphan crisis. More than 150 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, disease, abandonment, poverty, war, or other causes. Many children are growing up without the love of a permanent family. We invite you to discover the blessings of international adoption – make the journey of a lifetime to bring a lifetime of love to a child in need.

Hague Accreditation

The Hague Convention on International Adoption provides guidelines for international  adoption to protect those children being adopted across country borders. We are fully accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA) and, as such, have no restrictions on our ability to provide adoption services in countries that are part of the Hague convention.



There are many kinds of adoption.

Many of the children who are waiting to be adopted have special needs.  Could your family be right for special needs adoption? Consider giving a child who is older, has certain impairments, or medical needs a loving family.

What is special needs adoption?


International Webinar

Discover more about why there are so many boys available and waiting internationally and hear from some families who recently brought their sons home, by watching our latest webinar "Finding Homes for Waiting Boys"


Subscribe to Family Finder

Family Finder is a monthly eNewsletter that connects families with children who are waiting for their forever family, shares Bethany's updates and prayer requests, and provides helpful adoption-related resources and information.


Subscribe to LifeLines

LifeLines is Bethany's magazine for adoptive families. Read helpful articles and join in stories of families on journeys similar to yours. Sign-up to receive the digital edition of LifeLines today!


Frequently asked questions:

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Learn from other families who have adopted internationally through Bethany.

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How do I get started?

To begin your adoption journey request attend a information meeting near you, or fill out our online form to start gathering information.

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What does it cost?

Adopting through Bethany may be more affordable than you think.  We may be able to help you subsidize up to 50 percent of the cost.

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Where does Bethany work?

We have adoption programs in many countries and work with in-country specialists who are ready to assist you in your adoption journey.

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