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The Best Countries to Adopt From  

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List Rules Vote up the top countries for domestic and international adoption

List of the best countries to adopt from, ranked by adoptive parents and experts in the field. Hundreds of thousands of children are adopted each year. In the United States, most adoptions stem from the U.S. foster care system, but more and more children are being adopted internationally each year. There are many considerations to keep in mind when choosing which country is right for your family. How long do you want to wait? What age child are you looking to adopt? Are you interested in adopting siblings?

If you are looking to adopt in China, you must be over 30 years old. Korea, however will not adopt to couples who are over the age of 45. Guatemala offers adoption to a wide range of ages and marital statuses, but there is a wait period of anywhere from 3 months to over a year.

Korean children are generally very healthy as the country has a great medical system. Parents both home and abroad are finding wonderful children by adopting from the U.S., plus Americans don't have to worry about citizenship and travel for their new family member.

Vote for which country you think is the best for adoption and leave a comment if you would like to share any helpful advice with perspective parents.
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Russia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Moscow
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Ukraine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Kiev
3
Bulgaria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Sofia
4
Germany is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
jz8333 added Berlin
5
Latvia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Riga
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Greece is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Ozturk Yalcin added Athens
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Kazakhstan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Astana
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United States of America is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Washington, D.C.
9
Mali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
adoptioninternational added Bamako
10
Senegal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
adoptioninternational added Dakar
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South Korea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Seoul
12
Colombia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Bogotá
13
India is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
New Delhi
14
Sierra Leone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Freetown
15
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Mexico City
16
Kyrgyzstan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Bishkek
17
Ethiopia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Addis Ababa
18
Haiti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Port-au-Prince
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Japan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Tokyo
20
Nepal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Kathmandu
21
Ghana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Accra
22
Cameroon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Yaoundé
23
Jamaica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Kingston
24
Congo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Brazzaville
25
Kenya is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Adopt From
Nairobi