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Envisioning a World Where Every Child has a Loving Family

Millions of children worldwide are living without the hope of ever knowing what it is like to be loved by a family. In many countries, political turmoil, limited resources, poverty, and cultural attitudes contribute to the need for loving adoptive families.

At Bethany, we are called to address the global orphan crisis. Since 1982, Bethany has united thousands of international children with loving forever families—a testament to our expertise, integrity, and high quality of service. We invite you to discover the blessings of international adoption.


Meet the Children

Waiting is certainly difficult, especially if what you’re waiting for is a family. These waiting children have experienced things like being abandoned, living in an orphanage, malnutrition, and more. Many of these children are older; have grown up in an orphanage; have emotional, cognitive, or physical special needs; or need to be adopted with their siblings.

Many of these children will be given the chance to thrive if they are adopted into your loving family. Can you find a place in your heart to love one of these children?

What does it cost to adopt a child from another country?

The fees for International Adoption will vary greatly depending upon your state, and the country you wish to adopt from. To help give you the most accurate estimate we can, please start by providing your zip code. Our fee calculator will guide you to an estimate.

The fees shown in the calculator are associated with different phases of the adoption process and do not represent an "up-front" cost.

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Hague Accreditation

The practice of international adoption is regulated by The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. The Hague provides guidelines to agencies in order to protect the best interests of internationally adopted children.

Bethany is accredited by the U.S. Department of State’s Council on Accreditation for all of the specific services we provide including compliance with the Hague Convention requirements. We work hard to ensure that high ethical standards are upheld in each and every adoption facilitated by Bethany.

Adoption Story

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What is the power of one seemingly powerless child? “Benjamin's super-power is charisma,” said his adoptive father, Dennis. “There's something about him that draws people in and challenges their assumptions about disabilities once they have the chance to experience Benjamin.” 

Benjamin's influence has rippled out from his neighborhood to his school to international circles, where top-level discussions are shaping the future of orphan care in China. But the people who have been the most radically transformed by this 9-year-old boy with Down syndrome are his adoptive parents, Dennis and Sarah. 

In early 2004, with their 2-year-old daughter Emily in tow, Dennis and Sarah commenced the process of international adoption. Based on their lengthy experience working with people with developmental disabilities, the two social workers had decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome. “In looking through some of Bethany's information, we saw Benjamin,” Dennis said. “He leaped off the page at us, and I thought, 'There's our son.'” 

Late in 2004, the couple went to Hong Kong and returned with Benjamin. Hong Kong has a well-developed social agency network. But Dennis began to wonder, what if Benjamin had been born in mainland China, where conditions are much different. What would his life have been like as a child with Down syndrome? 

That question and the search for answers drove Dennis to undertake graduate studies in 2007 at the University of Louisville. Then in 2009, as he was framing his doctoral dissertation, Dennis met Bethany's international director. This had a profound impact on Dennis's understanding of orphan care. He has come to believe that there is no substitute for a family in the lives of children. 

In addition to difficulties with attachment and emotional development, the severe neglect that is often experienced by children in institutional settings has been linked with adverse physical changes. Research has shown that the brains of children in orphanages literally shrink, resulting in cognitive deficits and behavioral issues. 

“Kids get what they need in families,” Dennis insists. “Families are uniquely designed to provide children with the emotional inputs, the physical inputs, the safety, the protection, the attachments, etc.—those things occur in families.” 

Yet like so many other countries, China has poured its resources into developing its orphanages. Is there, Dennis wondered, another, far more beneficial approach? Late in 2009, Dennis went to China to research the answers for his dissertation. After his return, he was brought in as a consultant to Bethany as they applied for a 
$2.2 million USAID grant to change the way that orphan care is done in China. Bethany received the grant and subsequently invited Dennis to join their international team.

Bethany's family- and community-based orphan care vies with the institutional approach in China. But “there's some pretty amazing stuff happening. Bethany is hoping that the evidence produced from this work will help to drive some of the discussion at the table.” 

It all started with one small boy with Down syndrome. And ultimately it comes full circle, back to Benjamin and the family he has shaped in ways he does not fully understand.

“Adopting Benjamin has been the most phenomenal event that has ever happened in our lives. It has opened new worlds to us in so many different ways,” Dennis said. “Benjamin is a door or a gateway into something bigger, and I think a lot of people have travelled through that gateway. I see that as being God at work.” 

How Do I Get Started?

If you have taken the time to consider adoption, and have determined a plan you feel is right for your family, you are ready to take the next step. We have been helping families adopt since 1944 and we will be there to support you every step of the way.

Bethany offers adoption programs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

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Bethany offers adoption programs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

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