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International Adoptions: where to begin?

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I was wondering if any of you knew where to get a dossier started if somebody wants to start an international adoption process? What I am looking for is the competent authority in Basel Stadt, thanks for the info!
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

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Zentralbehörde Adoption und Pflegefamilien
Elisabethenstrasse 51
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Telefon 061 267 84 66
Telefax 061 267 84 94
E-Mail adoption@bs.ch

more info here http://www.bj.admin.ch/bj/de/home/th..._adoption.html
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Old 01.05.2010, 18:16
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Thanks so much!
My lack of knowledge of German prevented me to find anything in Google
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Old 01.05.2010, 18:20
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

A Home Study report is required. CHF500 for Geneva Canton, unsure for Basel.


Who can adopt a child? • couples who have been married for at least five years or who are over 35 years of age
• you may also adopt your spouse's child if you have been married for at least five years
• it is also possible for a single person to adopt a child.

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Very good group to join.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/adoptsupportswitzerland/

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This group is designed as an English-speaking online support network for families in Switzerland who are adopting or have adopted. We are primarily focused on, but not exclusively limited to, US citizens adopting internationally via the USA while living in Switzerland as well as non-Americans in Switzerland interested in adoption from the USA. Our purpose is to help each other find solutions to our adoption questions as well as post-adoption support for families seeking contact with others in their area who share the adoption experience. Swiss resident Elizabeth Leuenberger, professional Adoption Consultant, adoptive mother and dual US /Swiss citizen, is moderator.
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Old 01.05.2010, 18:22
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Thanks jrspet, I tried joining that group but I guess they did not want a non "native English" speaker in their group, or they are really slow in their membership acceptance.
Thanks for the other info

EDIT: It took them more than a month but I have joined this group and they have great info and nice members!

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Old 01.05.2010, 18:48
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Not that it is relevant for Angela, but ch.ch which is quoted by Jrspet misses out one of the bits which is given in admin.ch.
To adopt, there must be a sixteen year age difference between the 'parent' and the 'child'. I believe that this can also prevent one adopting the child of one's spouse if the age gap isn't big enough.

I know they do it for simplicity, but I wish ch.ch would add that there are other points which might, in certain cases, have to be considered. How can we poor mortals get it right if the authorities don't get it right either?
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Hi Angela,


I have a friend who is just finishing up the adoption approval process in Zurich...last I heard they had one final psychologist interview before they would be told yes/no - it's taken a long time (certainly more than 12 months)...

If she's succesful, I'll let you know...they have been slowed down by the fact that they already have three children and want to adopt the fourth...

They are not swiss...and had to negotiate the process in German/English...
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

For adoption a lot depends on what country you're from, and where you want to adopt. Some places have higher demands than others. Some will only let you adopt if you are from that country. Good luck
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Hi Guys,

I did not want to write down a lot of details since even though I put a question in an open forum, I still believe it is sort of personal. But, since it might help clear things out and help people in the future: I am from Peru and am looking for adoptions in Peru. The reason is simple, I am a native and will get preference over foreigners wanting to adopt and I have family there who can help us with the process, for instance, if there is paperwork to be retrieved etc.
1 year sounds very long to finish the home study but we have no children so...might be easier for us...

Thanks for the info!
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Hope all goes well and that one day this wish may really come true.
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

In my adoption experience one year is not a long time.
and clearly the wait, however long, is worth it.
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In my adoption experience one year is not a long time.
and clearly the wait, however long, is worth it.
Oh I did not mean the wait to actually adopting but the wait to get the file ready.
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

UPDATE

We had our first meeting (thanks Ullainga and jrspet for point us in the right direction) last Monday and the staff at the adoption and foster family office in Basel were very friendly and helpful.
I also joined the swiss adoption expat group on yahoo and the people there are extremely nice.

If anyone would like more in depth info please do not hesitate to PM me

Thanks!
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Old 18.05.2010, 20:21
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UPDATE

We had our first meeting (thanks Ullainga and jrspet for point us in the right direction) last Monday and the staff at the adoption and foster family office in Basel were very friendly and helpful.
I also joined the swiss adoption expat group on yahoo and the people there are extremely nice.

If anyone would like more in depth info please do not hesitate to PM me

Thanks!
thats great news Angela - I had heard from a friend who considered going down this route that it was very difficult over here, good to hear that so far your experience has been positive
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Hi Guys,

I was wondering if any of you knew where to get a dossier started if somebody wants to start an international adoption process? What I am looking for is the competent authority in Basel Stadt, thanks for the info!
The easiest way to adopt a child is when you already do the poster parenting with the child at least more than 5 yrs or more that was the rules in WORD VISION and UNICEF a friend of mine got 1 adopted kid from Tibet shes already 13 now she waited almost 2yrs for the pappers. Sorry dont like to disappoint you but private adoption process is more hard and expensive as she tol me.
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The easiest way to adopt a child is when you already do the poster parenting with the child at least more than 5 yrs or more that was the rules in WORD VISION and UNICEF a friend of mine got 1 adopted kid from Tibet shes already 13 now she waited almost 2yrs for the pappers. Sorry dont like to disappoint you but private adoption process is more hard and expensive as she tol me.
Foster parenting is the easiest way to adopt in the US not in CH. There are not a lot of kids up for adoption here and that is a good thing, plus we are looking for an infant rather than an older child. That is of course a personal decision.
As for the rest of your post, I think you have missed what my thread was about "International Adoption" and NOT private adoption...
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

UPDATE

Finally we got all our paperwork done, meaning I had to ask for original birth certificates from Peru and the Netherlands and all sorts of documents including a Lebenslauf... We sent the file this morning...so excited!
Hopefully it will not take forever to have the home study done, will keep you guys posted.
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Wishing you all the best, Angela.
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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Hey u, wishing you all the best with this, what great news, and BTW I have a lot of books recently in on adoption, I can send you a list if you're interested.

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Re: International Adoptions: where to begin?

Can you only go through an American agency if you are living in America? Man, the Swiss sure love their rules. In the US you only have to be 25 to adopt, is it really 35 in Switzerland?
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