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International adoption has changed quite a bit in the last eight to ten years, as a majority of countries allow families overseas to adopt only older children and sibling groups or children who are younger with special needs.

We see so many families who have a huge heart for adoption and we cannot stress enough how important it is to understand fully what your motives are before you start your adoption journey. How do we make sure the adoption is a right fit? Education should be one of the initial steps while considering building your family.

With over 22 years’ experience in placing children from overseas for adoption, we provide an incredible amount of expertise, honesty and the proper resources to make this possible, and our focus is always on whether the placement is in the child’s best interest and the adoptive family interest.

People need to understand that many orphans come from very difficult backgrounds and experiences. What some kids see and live is not simple and may create adjustment and behavioral issues due to poor prenatal care, neglect, separation from the birth family and potential abuse.

Our aim is to ensure the adoption is a success for the child, parent and other children living in the home, which is why it’s so important to educate yourself, talk to top professionals in the field and ask the questions:

Why do you want to adopt? When people are hoping to adopt, what is on their mind? Why are they doing it? Does their heart tell them it’s right? Are they doing something nice? What is their background? Is there a need that they are looking to fulfill?

Once these questions are addressed, we need to ask another set of questions:

What are your children’s personalities?
What do you do for a living?
What are your hours?
Do you have any involvement with an elderly parent who requires care?
What time in your life will you have to devote to this adoption, success and adjustment of the child?
Do you have medical insurance and life insurance?
Are you prepared for your child to have come from difficult and potentially traumatic circumstances that make it hard for them to connect or to behave appropriately?
Are you committed?

Bottom line:  Are you prepared?

Because sometimes love cannot solve it all. Some kids come from such traumatic backgrounds where love is not enough. This is where KidsFirst can step in and make themselves available to prospective adoptive parents and help connect them to proper resources, making sure important questions are not missed.

If adoptive parents (parent) want information, we will describe the programs available, and we will be very honest and transparent. If we can sense potential issues, we always share them with potential adoptive parents. Every kid should have the opportunity to enjoy life- however they define it for them:  Our mission and goal as an agency when we do adoption work is to give them that opportunity.

At KidsFirst, we pour our hearts into our work to ensure that families are supported throughout the process and that children are placed into the best care possible. We value absolute transparency between families and the KidsFirst staff. We appreciate the trust that you place in us.

 

Are you considering international adoption? Would you be interested in a monthly Q&A? Please let us know via the feedback form below.

Stay tuned for future blogs covering adopting an older child, hosting a child to adopt, and adopting a child with special needs. We look forward to answering your questions!

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Ready to take the next step to learn more about adoption?

Dear Families and Friends of KidsFirst,

We are sure all of you are following the very sad news about what is happening in Ukraine. Many of you know that Inna Pecar, the Executive Director of KidsFirst International Adoption, Inc., is from Ukraine and that KidsFirst has a program in Ukraine and is working with families who are in the middle of their journey to bring children home. The staff of KidsFirst has spent hours, days, and nights communicating with Ukrainian authorities and rescue organizations from all over the world in our effort to help however we can.

We have also received countless phone calls from families who want to donate, adopt, host, and help in every possible way. We have received many requests about either hosting displaced children from Ukraine or donating to assist with the care, protection, and safety of the children.
HOSTING:
 
Hosting or adopting is out of the question while Ukraine is in a war. There is currently no legal process that could initiate or address an adoption case. After the war ends, Ukrainian social services will guide any adoption process in accordance with their regulations.

DONATIONS:
 
KidsFirst Foundation, which was started in 2002, is a separate nonprofit entity from KidsFirst International that has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit orphanages in Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Guatemala. KidsFirst Foundation consists of board members and volunteers who donate their time. There are no paid staff members and there are virtually no administrative costs. We expect one hundred percent of donations to go towards the projects we raise money for.

Initially, we have been reluctant to accept donations because we did not have definite projects to direct them to. Now, however, we have identified projects we know will benefit from donations and which will provide relief to those affected by the war in Ukraine. We are ready to start accepting donations!

 
We receive requests for new projects multiple times a day. Some of them are related to the care of orphans and some involve the provision of assistance to children, women, elderly, and disabled who are surrounded by Russian forces and live in devastating conditions under continuous bombing. They do not have food, medications, water, and other necessities and are trying to escape to safer areas, which is a very risky and difficult task. Inna talks directly with so many of them each day; their strength, patriotism, positivity, and endurance are beyond description.
 
Following are some of the requests we have received:
 
  • Financial help with food, medications, and the most basic humanitarian needs of 2,000 orphans in the Lviv region alone.
  • Financial or humanitarian help to set up mobile camps where children can safely live.
  • Request from a group of local helpers who transport humanitarian help to people in Kyiv.
  • Financial help for transportation and rescue mission of those trapped in the Kherson (Cherson) area. We are communicating multiple times a day with a group of 32 people who are without basic needs of medication and food.

Please note that some of the missions work out and some become impossible because of the rapidly changing conditions in an area. Some areas just become too dangerous to send people into.

We would be most appreciative of any assistance we receive. We do guarantee that one hundred percent of funds received will go towards helping Ukrainian children and people. You can specify your preferences to what project you donate towards, and we will do our best to honor your preference.
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