International Programs

Reece’s Rainbow is a VOICE OF HOPE for children with Down syndrome and other special needs in around the world.

We started in 2006 with only five children in Ukraine! We are thrilled with the success and growth of this organization, and God’s ability to raise awareness for these beautiful children through us. More than 1,300 children are currently listed on our website waiting for their family to find them. Even if you are not in a position to adopt, you can make a life-saving difference for any child with your grant sponsorship gifts!

Info listed here is based on most recent program requirements and restrictions as stated by the individual country officials.

Africa 1

  • Married couples must be married at least 2 years
  • Single women may adopt girls, single men may adopt boys
  • Parents needs to be over age 25
  • Adoption process takes about 12 months after homestudy
  • Parents should be prepared to make three trips, staying 6 weeks each trip (in extreme cases).  This country typically requires parents to reside in country for 12 months to foster the child, but an exception may be given for medical reasons.
  • Any history of mental health issues should be discussed up front with the agency
  • Adoptive parents should have no criminal history
  • Total cost estimate is approx $36,000-38,000

Bulgaria

  • 2 trips; Trip 1 about a week, Trip 2 about 12 days
  • Approx cost only $25-30,000! (depends on how many people travel, time of year for travel, etc)
  • NO UPPER AGE LIMIT for parents
  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may apply; single men may apply to adopt boys
  • Easy dossier, very few restrictions
  • Only one parent has to travel
  • Multiple unrelated children can be adopted together

CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

China

  • Families may not adopt two unrelated children
  • Both parents must be at least 30 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • There can be up to 50-year age difference between the child and the younger spouse.
  • Couples must be married at least 2 years at the time of dossier submission.
  • If either spouse has two divorces, the minimum length for the current marriage is 5 years.
  • No more than two divorces per spouse.
  • Families can have up to 5 children under the age of 18 in the home.
  • The youngest child must be at least 3 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • Only single women may apply; must be at least 30 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • There can be up to a 50-year age difference between the child and the applicant.
  • For single women, there can be up to two children under the age of 18 in the home, and the youngest child must be at least 3 at the time of dossier submission.
  • The minimum annual income is $30,000 plus $10,000 for each child currently in the home.
  • The minimum net worth for singles is $100,000.
  • There are additional requirements for single applicants who live with a male partner.
  • At least one parent is required to travel to China, although travel by both parents is strongly encouraged.
  • The average trip length is 14 days. process takes about 12-24 months from application to placement depending on age and special needs
  • China requires minimum annual income of $30,000 plus $10,000 for each child currently in the home, and net worth of $80,000 for couples and $100,000 for singles.
  • Body mass index (BMI) cannot exceed 40 for each applicant.
  • If one spouse is healthy, China is open to a chronic well-controlled medical condition in the other spouse. For skin, thyroid, breast or testicular cancer, the applicant must be cancer free for at least 3 years. For other types of cancer, the applicant must be cancer free for at least 5 years. China is open to one or both applicants with a well-controlled mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, with a positive mental health letter.
  • For families coming back into process, the soonest they can submit an LOI for another child is 6 months after the registration date of the initial adoption. The soonest a family can submit a dossier for another adoption (whether matched or not) is 12 months after the last adoption was registered.

Colombia

  • Colombia is now open to heterosexual and same-sex couples. Singles may still apply as well.
  • No family size restrictions
  • Both parents must travel to the country initially — but only one needs to stay for the duration of the trip which is approx 2-3 weeks
  • Estimated total cost $25,000-40,000 and this does not include 3rd party fees

Eastern Europe 4

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women can adopt, but singles can only apply for children in certain orphanages
  • Prefer at least one parent under the age of 50, but often lenient for children with special needs
  • Country prefers families with Christian background
  • Income requirement less rigid when adopting a child with special needs
  • No set family size restrictions, but the preference is for smaller families
  • Two trips are required; the first trip is 5 days, second trip is 21 days
  • Only one parent has to travel
  • Two unrelated children with non-correctable SN can be adopted together
  • Approx 15-18 months from commitment to complete adoption
  • Total cost estimate is $31,000-36,000 (including travel, homestudy and USCIS)

Eastern Europe 6

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women
  • Ages of adoptive parents flexible
  • No more than 5 children in the home
  • Children available between age 1-13
  • Adoption completed 9-10 months after referral acceptance
  • One trip (15-21 days)
  • Adoptive parents should have no history of adoption disruption or loss of parental rights
  • No history of mental health conditions, addiction, or infectious diseases
  • Adoptive parents should have no criminal history
  • Paperwork would need to be submitted to the country to obtain more information on a child
  • Total cost estimate is approx $40,000

Eastern Europe 7

  • Adoptive parents must be at least 18 years older than the child
  • Adoptive parents should not be more than 50 years of age. Exception can be made if parent is in good health and one spouse is under age 50.
  • Heterosexual married couples only (married at least 2 1/2 years)
  • Prospective parents should have no history of mental health conditions or infectious diseases
  • Agency requires family to be of the Christian faith, LDS is not accepted
  • Country prefers the adopted child to be the youngest in the family but it is not a requirement.
  • 1, 2, or 3 trips required. Depends on court verdict issued by judge (Many families have been able to do in one trip!)
  • First trip is about 8-10 days in country and both parents must travel. One or both parents are required to stay about 10 days after court IF the judge issues an immediate court decision.
  • Second trip (if required) is about 10 days in country and only one parent needs to travel
  • Total costs estimated around $30,000

CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Eastern Europe 8

  • Be a married couple for at least 2 ½ years (agency rule)
  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Parents must be at least 18 years older than the child (no exceptions)
  • Minimum of 25 years of age for parents; no upper age limit at this time
  • Three trips are required
  • Both parents for approximately 4 weeks for bonding time; stay in a furnished apartment or house with your new child for bonding
  • One parent returns for court 2-3 months later (very short trip, 2-3 days)
  • Third trip is 6-8 weeks after second; One parent returns for a Sunday-Friday to complete Embassy paperwork
  • Children can go home with parents after first trip. They will need to return for the second trip if they are 12 years or older. All children must return for the third trip to get new passport and visa.
  • Total cost, including travel approx $30-35,000
  • Multiple unrelated children can be adopted
  • Parent history of anxiety or depression is usually allowed, if parent is now in good health

Eastern Europe 9

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women
  • One parent needs to be over age 25
  • No upper age limit for parents
  • Adoption process takes 1-2 years
  • Three trips required
  • No history of mental health conditions, addiction, or infectious diseases
  • Adoptive parents should have no criminal history
  • Total cost estimate is approx $37,000-40,000

Ecuador

  • Parents must be 25 years old and no more than 45 years older than child
  • Preference is given to heterosexual married couples.  Must be married a minimum of 3 years.
  • Heterosexual single women and men accepted, although wait is longer
  • Parents must be healthy, both physically and mentally
  • Totally clean criminal background
  • Total average travel 8 weeks; one parent can return home after 30 days

Haiti

  • One parent must be at least 30 years old; not over 50 years old
  • Heterosexual married couples and single woman may adopt
  • Parents must be married at least 5 years
  • The number of children at home does not matter. Any child over 8 years old needs to give consent to the adoption as well.
  • Singles may currently adopt if 35 years old
  • Past depression is OK, but must explain the circumstances and past and/or current treatment
  • If a criminal history/background, must be explained in detail
  • Estimated cost from commitment to home is $28-32,000
  • Travel is required
  • Travel for pick-up is about a week

Hong Kong

  • Full medical and social info available
  • EASY travel, both parents for one trip (5-7 days)
  • Families are encouraged to travel, but escorting is available
  • Parents must be at least 25 years old
  • Married couples and singles
  • Couples married at least 3 years for first marriage
  • Mental health/depression history considered case by case
  • Relatively low cost – generally estimated around $16,000 to $18,000

India

  • Heterosexual married couples, must be married a minimum of 2 years
  • Single women allowed to adopt; Single men allowed to adopt boys
  • Minimum age to adopt is 25, maximum age to adopt is based on parents combined age
  • For special needs adoptions, up to three kids in the home is acceptable; four or five children in the home may be okay if adopting an older child or a child with a more significant special need
  • Sibling sets are available for adoption; non-related children may not be adopted at the same time
  • Average time frame for adoption is approx 12-18 months
  • Both parents may be required to travel
  • Travel varies by region; some require travel for court.  Travel could be a few days, or 3-4 weeks (longer timeframe can be done in two trips)
  • Parents should be medically healthy and financially stable; mental health and physical health histories are considered on a case by case basis
  • Criminal history will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Any felonies or crimes against children will disqualify families from eligibility.
  • Total costs approx $30-35,000updated Jan 2019

Kazakhstan

Information coming soon; Currently open to Canadians

Korea

  • From the time of paperwork completion and match until travel is about 12+ months
  • Two trips (each about a week) or one longer trip (about 5 weeks) and both parents must travel
  • There are some restrictions, so any family that has a medical, mental, arrest or substance dependency should contact the agency
  • Heterosexual married couples only; must be married a minimum of three years, no more than one divorce per spouse
  • Parents must be between the ages of 25 and 45 at time of application
  • No more than 4 children already in the home

Kyrgyzstan

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Sibling groups and multiple unrelated children can be adopted together
  • Adoption process approx 8-12 months
  • Three trips – both parents need to travel for trip one
  • Trip one is 10-15 days
  • Trip two – about 6-8 weeks after trip one, for court
  • Trip three – about 6-8 weeks after trip two, 7-10 days long
  • Total estimated cost is $43,000

Mexico

  • Heterosexual married couples or single heterosexuals may adopt (males and females)
  • Prospective adoptive parents must be over 25 years of age and at least 17 years older than the child. If married, only one parent must meet the age requirement.
  • If married, minimum of two years
  • Two to three trips, each about one week long
  • No income requirements beyond USCIS requirements
  • No particular heath or mental health related requirements
  • Multiple children in the form of sibling groups can be adopted together
  • The agency seeks Christian adoptive parents
  • Total cost approx info coming soon

Peru

  • Single women or heterosexual married couples, age 25-55
  • Couples must be married 2 1/2 years
  • Both parents, one trip of 4 weeks
  • After the adoption finalization and new birth certificate, one parent can go home early (about 2.5-3 weeks); one parent remains for final visa exit interview and new passport
  • Approx 9-12 months from dossier submission to travel
  • No set restriction on family size
  • Parents with mild mental health history may be considered on a case by case basis
  • Two unrelated children in the same orphanage can be adopted together
  • The agency seeks Christian adoptive parents
  • Total cost approx $27,000 (additional child, add about $5000)

The Philippines

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Parents must be at least 27 years old; and no more than 45 years older than the child
  • Single parents permitted for children over age 9
  • Must be married at least 3 years
  • Family size considered based on child desired
  • One trip, only 7 days!
  • Church reference letter required
  • Parents should have a BMI of 35 or under
  • Other medical or psychological issues can preclude adoption

Poland

Polish adoptions are limited to these 4 categories:

  • intra-family intercountry adoption
  • intercountry adoption to reunite a child with his/her previously adopted siblings
  • intercountry adoption of a child in exceptional life or health situations when local authorities are unable to find domestic placements (Special Needs)
  • intercountry adoption by Polish citizens living abroad

  • Heterosexual married couples can adopt
  • Single women can adopt one child only
  • Parents should be no more than 40 years older than child
  • Adoptions are done on a case by case approval basis
  • One adoption center only only works at this time; non-Catholic, Christian families are permitted to adopt
  • No income requirement other than USCIS
  • No family size restrictions, although preference may be given to families with no other children, or grown children
  • Approx 4-5 weeks travel time; one parent may return to US after court
  • Total cost estimated approx $40,000+

South Africa

  • Applications are encouraged from single men and single women, LGBTQ families, heterosexual married and unmarried couples
  • Parents under age 48 preferred at the time of dossier submission
  • Expected wait time from dossier submission to referral: 18-24 months
  • Travel occurs approximately 3-5 months after acceptance of referral
  • One trip required of approximately 4 weeks
  • Estimated total costs approx $30,000

Russia

Currently closed to US adoptions

Taiwan

  • Full medical and social info available
  • EASY travel – final trip is both parents for approx a week.  The judge may request an additional trip prior, for court.
  • No more than 3 or 5 children at home (different agencies in country have different requirements)
  • Heterosexual married couples, must be married 2 years
  • Only one previous divorce allowed per adoptive parent
  • Parents should be 25-50 years of age and in good health
  • Fees vary greatly, $27-40,000 plus travel (adoption of children with special needs tends to be on the lower end of that estimate)

Thailand

  • Both parents are required to travel and should expect to spend about two weeks
  • Heterosexual married couples, must be married 2.5 years; Single applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis for waiting children
  • Estimated total: $30-45,000

Ukraine

  • Heterosexual married couples only
  • Married Individual adoption available for those who qualify
  • No stated family size restrictions
  • As of late 2011, there’s no longer an upper age limit for parents
  • At least one parent must be a minimum of 15 years older than the child
  • Total with travel approx $35,000
  • Two to three trips total
  • First trip, to meet child & accept their official referral
  • Second trip, for court
  • 30 day wait after court; parents can return home during wait
  • Only one parent must return to complete the adoption after the wait
  • No current diagnosed history of mental health conditions or certain infectious diseases
  • No criminal history
  • May adopt multiple unrelated children
  • This is a very fast program! Start to finish is an average of 8-12 months. Families committing to children in this program, especially the children at risk of the institution, should be in a financial position to complete the adoption quickly. It is a blessing to be able to adopt so quickly, but leaves little time for major fundraising efforts.

CANADIAN FAMILIES WELCOME!

Vietnam

  • Heterosexual married couples and single women may adopt
  • Minimum 2 years of marriage
  • Parents need to be at least 20 years older than adopted child, minimum age 25
  • Parents age 50-54 should be open to children age 5+ with moderate to severe special needs
  • Parents age 55+ considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Preference may be given to families with up to 4 children; larger families considered on a case-by-case basis
  • One trip for both parents, about 3 weeks in country
  • Parents with diagnosed history of mental health conditions or major medical issues should discuss with the agency before applying
  • No criminal history
  • Application to placement can take 2-3 years

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