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Comparing Domestic & International Adoption

Avg. Cost
Time Frame
Avg. 6-12 mo.
6-18 mo.
Age of Children
newborn & up
Avg. 1 yr. & older
average 3-7 days stay in state where baby is born
average 2-week stay; possibility of 2 trips
Birth Parents Issues
some contact with birth parent usual
contact with birth parents rare
Number of Adoptions (1998)
est. of 120,000 yearly**

*Immigrant visas issued to orphans coming to the U.S. according to U.S. Government Immigration & Naturalization Service.
**Flango and Flang (1994) National Center for State Counts.

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