Adopting a child with special placement needs

Helping children with special placement needs

Of all the children we work with, those with special placement needs are among the most vulnerable. These children need the security of a family to call their own— a family committed to meeting their needs for medical and therapeutic care.

“Special placement needs” is a category covering social, medical, physical, and developmental challenges. Children may be described to have special placement needs when they are:

  • Older than age 5.
  • Part of a sibling group that needs to be adopted together.
  • Precious ones who have a history of trauma.
  • Children with identified physical, developmental, or emotional delays/disabilities.

Some children with special placement  needs may require specialized short- or long-term care, but each child with special needs desperately needs a family to give them love, attention, and understanding. Could you open your heart and home to a precious child who needs your love and nurture?


"Can my family meet the needs of a child with special placement needs?"

Eligibility requirements vary from country to country and may be more flexible for applicants adopting children with special placement needs. Some countries encourage single applicants or larger families to apply. Other countries are more flexible with requirements of the age or health history of applicants.


"How will Bethany help us after the adoption?"

Our staff recognizes that support is important before, during, and after an adoption. We will be there supporting you every step of the way through our many post-placement services.

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Caring Connection:

Bethany’s Caring Connection helps families nurture children who need special care. By joining us with your support, you are helping children with special needs thrive in loving families. Since 2001, Caring Connection has served more than 1,300 children with special needs thanks to gifts totaling $4.1 million.

Without your vision and financial support, this ministry could not exist. Celebrate with us this miracle of love, commitment, and connection.

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Frequently asked questions:

Questions about adoption? We can help.

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What does it cost?

Adopting through Bethany may be more affordable than you think.  Bethany may be able to help you subsidize the cost of an adoption.

See the cost of international adoption >


Where does Bethany work?

Bethany has adoption programs in many countries. Bethany works with in-country specialists who are ready to assist you in your adoption journey.

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