October 18, 2023 |

Adoption is a heartfelt journey to parenthood, filled with hopes, dreams, and decisions. One of the pivotal choices prospective parents face is whether to adopt domestically or look beyond borders. Both paths come with their unique set of advantages and challenges. This guide aims to provide a balanced view of domestic and international adoption, helping you make an informed decision.

Domestic Adoption: Closer to Home


  • Shorter Wait Times: Often, domestic adoptions, especially of older children or sibling groups, can be quicker than international ones.
  • Open Adoption Possibilities: Domestic adoptions sometimes allow for open arrangements, where the child maintains some contact with birth parents.
  • Familiarity with Medical History: Access to the child’s medical and familial history can be more comprehensive and transparent.


  • Potential for Reversal: In some cases, birth parents might change their minds within a legally stipulated timeframe, leading to heartbreak.
  • Varied State Laws: Adoption laws can vary significantly from one state to another, complicating the process.

International Adoption: Crossing Borders


  • Predictability: Once matched, international adoptions are less likely to be reversed than domestic ones.
  • Diverse Opportunities: Parents have a broader choice of a child from various countries, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Clearer Termination of Parental Rights: In most cases, children available for international adoption have clear termination of birth parents’ rights, ensuring no legal surprises.


  • Lengthy and Costly: International adoptions can be time-consuming, often taking years, and can be more expensive due to travel and legal costs.
  • Limited Medical History: Comprehensive medical records might be unavailable or unreliable.
  • Post-adoption Requirements: Some countries mandate post-adoption visits or reports to ensure the child’s well-being.

The Heart of the Matter

While the pros and cons provide a framework, the decision ultimately rests on personal circumstances, desires, and intuition. Whether you feel drawn to a child from your own country or one from a distant land, the journey of adoption is profound and transformative.

Be it domestic or international, adoption is a path of love, commitment, and growth. With the compassionate guidance of Rowe & Manning, you can navigate the nuances of each option, ensuring you embark on this beautiful journey with clarity, confidence, and an open heart. Take action today to begin your transformative adoption journey and make a lasting difference in a child’s life.

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