Where Do I Begin?
The best place to start is by familiarizing yourself with the big picture. We'll give you the basic rundown of what happens when, but reading up on international adoption is an enormous help. (Check out How to Adopt Internationally: A Guide for Agency-Directed and Independent Adoptions, Revised and Updated Edition for 2003, by Jean Nelson-Erichsen; and The International Adoption Handbook: How to Make an Overseas Adoption Work for You, by Myra Alperson.) For up-to-date information on a country's adoption procedures, log on to the State Department's Office of Children's Issues.