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International Adoption: Children Waiting For You

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There are children around the world waiting for a family like yours. Tell us a little about yourself and receive periodic e-mails featuring waiting children.
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The experienced, professional staff of Nightlight Christian Adoptions is prepared to help you evaluate and select the international adoption program right for you.

As a Hague accredited agency, you can be confident that Nightlight programs are regularly evaluated and monitored for excellence in both process and service. Our home study services are recognized by our peers as educational and thoroughly completed for the benefit of our clients.

You can count on Nightlight to be there for you long after your adoption is complete too. Our team is available to help answer questions and provide guidance as you navigate parenting your adopted child. You are not alone!

Please open our International Quicklook spreadsheet to give you an overview of the wide variety of international programs available through Nightlight.

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Children in His Image – Special Needs Adoptions

special needs adoptionEducation and Advocacy for Special Needs Adoption

Recognizing the great need to place more children with special needs for adoption, in 2009 Nightlight began “Children in His Image,” a program with the following goals:

  • Inform the public about the plight of orphans with special physical, mental and emotional needs.
  • Share the availability of orphans with special needs with prospective families.
  • Educate families how to best serve these children.
  • Highlight adoption programs that place children with special needs.

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Adoption Programs

The following Nightlight programs have many special needs children available for adoption:

China Adoption Program
Orphans with a variety of special needs are waiting in Chinese orphanages for adoption — some with very minor special needs. While China’s regular adoption program can now take in excess of 6 years from start to finish, the wait for a child with special needs is between 6 and 15 months.

Taiwan Adoption Program
Many of the children in Taiwan are either older or have special health challenges. The time to complete an adoption is about 9 months from start to finish.

Ukraine Adoption Program
A majority of children available for adoption from Ukraine are older or have special needs.

Hong Kong Adoption Program

Latvia Adoption Program

Bulgaria Adoption Program

Embryos Awaiting a Match with a Special Family

A small portion of Snowflakes’ waiting embryos are listed on this page.

Each and every embryo is a precious human life, created by God, that deserves a chance to live out life to the fullest. Many families choose to donate their embryos through the Snowflakes program. Many of these donations are matched with an adopting family quickly, others may take longer due to special circumstances.

Why are the embryos on this particular list waiting?

Common factors include health issues in the genetic parents’ family or the embryos’ genetic siblings, a low number of embryos in the donation, embryos assigned a lower ‘grade level’ by an embryologist, or a positive infectious disease test result from the genetic parent(s).

Potential risks should be thoroughly discussed with your physician; however, most of these embryos have the potential to be happy, healthy babies.

On this page, we share a few of our donor families stories regarding how they came to have remaining embryos, information about the embryos themselves, and a few important details about the characteristics they’re looking for in their ideal adoptive family.

The Snowflakes program has many more donated embryos than are currently listed on this page.

We invite you to read through them and if one or more captures your heart, please let us know by completing a free Inquiry Form. Be sure to indicate which embryos interest you. If adoption fees are a financial hardship, consider applying to the Little Miracles Scholarship fund.

Didn’t see the right match for you? Please contact the Snowflakes Team at 714-693-5437. New families are donating regularly.

Embryos Awaiting a Match with a Special Family: Are you the family?

Snowflakes has families donating embryos on a regular basis. Not all of the embryos available for matching are listed here. Please contact the Snowflakes team at 714-693-5437 for a complete understanding of embryos available to be matched.

Luka & Aneta’s Embryos – MATCHED!

As it often happens, Luka and Aneta met in college. They were attending a university in Ukraine, where they were born and raised. They married as students and welcomed their first son the year before they graduated. Two engineering students and a baby boy make for a busy young family!
After graduating and moving to the U.S. to build their professional careers in the IT industry, Luka and Aneta settled into their new home and then welcomed another son!

Their family of four was thriving but their hearts prodding them to add another child…specifically a little girl.

Aneta knew her age might cause trouble with conception, so they decided to try IVF. Five beautiful, healthy embryos were created and three were transferred. To their delight, Luka and Aneta had a positive result! They were indeed pregnant…very pregnant! Her high numbers led them to suspect twins and a few weeks later the ultrasound confirmed their assumption. Two little ones were on their way!

When the babies were born, Luka and Aneta had to laugh because here they were longing for a daughter and God saw it fit to bring them two more sons! Aneta says, “Apparently we have been doing something right with raising our two sons, that we were given two more!”

She also says, “We are not planning to have any more children. Still, we feel we have a moral obligation to give these embryos a chance of a life with an adoptive family.”
Luka is not only a skilled software architect, but is also musically gifted. He is a self-taught guitar player and enjoys teaching his older sons as well. He is handy around the house too!
Aneta enjoyed folk dancing in high school and used to do a lot of knitting in Ukraine where it was very cold! She studied information technology and after a happy career with computers, chose to become a sonographer and work in the medical field doing ultrasounds. She enjoyed her careers but now enjoys the very full-time job of being a mom!
The family is Jewish and attends a local synagogue. The older boys attend Jewish schools. They are also members of the local Jewish Community center. They are an active family and enjoy spending time together.
As IVF patients usually do, Aneta and Luka had tests done for infectious diseases. Aneta’s Hepatitis B Core Total Antibody test result was positive. Regardless of the cause of this test result (contracting the virus or receiving a vaccine) fertility doctors have explained to Snowflakes that if an adoptive mother has been vaccinated or is willing to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B, there is no risk of disease transmission.

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian (Ukrainian)
Number of embryos: Two
Year Frozen: 2009
Stage: Day 3
Age of Aneta at egg retrieval: 39
Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Any
Age: Under 50
Religion: Jewish or Christian
Minimum length of marriage: Two years (not open to a single woman)
Current number of children: Any
Level of education: At least Bachelor’s for both
Contact with adoptive family: Would like to keep in touch through email, regular mail, or phone calls. They are happy to providing updated medical and personal information about their family throughout life.

Steve & Cathy’s Embryos

Cathy says, “Steve and I are what I like to call ‘late bloomers’ when it comes to the marriage and family thing.” This wouldn’t have been more than a cute phrase, except that when they did marry (not that late, mind you) and began “trying” they found themselves in a world of frustration, unanswered questions, and hefty treatment bills.“That is when I found out that being 30 years old is considered advanced age when it comes to pregnancy,” says Cathy. “’News flash’ to the ever-so cosmopolitan crowd of that time – I thought women could have it all, a career, a family…the world.”
They decided to give it everything they had and do four cycles of IVF. After that, no matter what happened, they would live the rest of their lives knowing they gave it their all.
Nine years of treatment and four IVF cycles later, they finally, on their last try, became pregnant with a baby boy.
Cathy and Steve do not regret the long journey because they are now the joyful parents of their sweet and delightful Trevor. Though they would love to give Trevor siblings and would truly enjoy parenting more children, they believe it would be unwise to bring another child into their family at this time due to their ages.
Trevor brings them daily doses of pure joy! He is a beautiful, open, honest, intelligent and respectful child who has been the light of their lives. Trevor tracked on time or ahead of schedule for all childhood milestones and is extremely verbal. He carries on conversations with adults with confidence, even more than he does his own peers! He is overly polite, orders his own meals at restaurants, insures that specific condiments are included, and even stopped a server to ask if his mom’s meal could be adjusted after she had expressed disappointment. Though noticeably shy around other children his age, he will compliment a bank teller on her earrings and tell the person at the Starbucks drive through he likes her silly bands.
When Trevor was young, his parents questioned one of his behaviors. He would “flap” waving his arms and feet. Their exposure to the literature at the time led them to believe Trevor might be autistic. At Cathy’s prompting, many evaluators observed Trevor but none of them found enough signs of autism to give him a diagnosis. Life carried on and then when Trevor was five, just before Kindergarten started, he began daydreaming while wiggling an item, such as string, beads, or a rubber band. This, the evaluators classified as “self-stimulation” and Trevor was given a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Specifically, Trevor’s diagnosis is PDD NOS (pervasive development disorder – not otherwise specified). Now Cathy and Steve can get services for Trevor if they feel he needs them.
So far, his academics have been excellent (all A’s and a B) and he is very social with his friends at school. Cathy and Steve keep him VERY busy participating in cub scouts, football, baseball, basketball, soccer and swim team. He enjoys play dates with his best friend, particularly sleepovers. He attends aftercare at school 2 days a week, and moans when Cathy comes to pick him up as he is very involved with whatever the kids are playing. His favorite subjects, when asked, are gym and recess. He LOVES playing hockey.
Cathy knows you might have questions about Trevor and his development. She would be happy to answer them! She has even offered to travel so you can meet her and her family. She says, “Having a child is an opportunity I am so thrilled I did not miss. Having THIS child is an honor that God bestowed on my husband and I, and we thank him daily for trusting such a gift to us.”Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: Two
Year Frozen: 2002
Stage: Day 3
Age of Cathy at egg retrieval: 39
Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Age: 25-45
Religion: Any
Minimum length of marriage: Two years (not open to a single woman)
Current number of children: Any
Level of education: College
Contact with adoptive family: Cathy and Steve welcome any updates but do not require them. They are open to visiting if or when you or your children want to meet them and their son.

Brett & Sarah’s Embryos

Golf, reading, church activities, family gatherings, camping, biking, and hiking kept Sarah and Brett active and happy during their early marriage…and well into their middle years of marriage. After 15 years of newlywed bliss, they decided it was time to start a family.

Six months into the family building journey, they sought some help. Initial treatments included IVF and they were troubled with their first attempts failed. After considerable prayer, they decided to try again but this time with donor eggs.

This attempt resulted in three strong, healthy embryos and two were transferred into Sarah. It was deemed too risky to transfer the third embryo…a triplet pregnancy can be hazardous to mom and babies.

Two long weeks later, they finally got the news: Sarah was pregnant!! Overjoyed and cautious, they prayed their way through the next nine months. Their prayers were answered the following summer when they welcomed not one, but TWO baby boys!

Suddenly feedings, diapers, and caring for two infants consumed Sarah and Brett’s life. They were in love with their boys and all thoughts and energy were devoted to them. Early on, they knew they would not be pursuing another embryo transfer. They boys needed so much of their attention and they were at an age when another few years would bring them to an age where, in their opinion, having another infant would not be the right thing to do.

With much prayer, discussion, and consideration, they have made the difficult decision to place the remaining embryo for adoption. They believe with all their hearts it is the right thing to do and God’s hand will guide the embryo to his or her parents.

In Brett and Sarah’s home, Adam and Chandler are now eight years old and are busy filling their parents’ lives with karate, baseball, basketball, and swimming. They love their German shepherd, who is their constant companion. They are very active, athletic, and intelligent boys. Brett and Sarah love taking the boys camping and traveling.

This single embryo is waiting for a family. If you are interested in adopting it, Snowflakes is willing to match you with another set of embryos also, to increase the chances of pregnancy. This one embryo has strong, healthy embryo siblings, though. Remember, two embryos were transferred and two were born! This would be a wonderful fit for a family who was just looking to have one more child.

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: One
Year Frozen: 2000
Stage: Blastocyst
Age of donor at egg retrieval: 23

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Age: 25-49
Religion: Christian
Minimum length of marriage: Five years (not open to a single woman)
Current number of children: Any
Level of education: College for both
Contact with adoptive family: This family wishes to remain anonymous and have no contact with the adopting family.

Dulal & Mitali’s Embryos

As is tradition in the Indian culture, Dulal and Mitali became a couple through an arranged marriage, thoughtfully coordinated through the care and love of their families. Two years into their life as husband and wife they began fertility treatments because attempts to add children to their family had been unsuccessful. Mitali wanted very much to have a baby and after fertility treatments in India only resulted in negative pregnancy tests, the couple decided to travel to the U.S.

Seven IVF cycles later, they had only endured disappointment after disappointment. The two glimmers of hope they had sadly ended in miscarriages. Their hearts were exhausted, Mitali’s body was tired. They had given it their all and decided they were done with fertility treatments. Adoption would be their family building avenue and once the decision was made, they pursued it with joy.

Two embryos remain frozen from one of their IVF cycles and they desire to give them to another hopeful couple. They’ve been through a very long chapter of trying to conceive, and though the results of their own treatments were not successful, they know there are many factors involved with conception and hope these embryos will become your children. They are waiting for a special family.

Dulal and Mitali are both from middle class families in the northern region of India. They are practicing Hindus but respect all religions. Dulal enjoys reading, traveling, following Indian cricket, and keeping up on international news, especially politics and finance. He is, by nature, an introvert. Mitali is the more social of the two and enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, and following Indian soaps on TV. They both have post-graduate degrees: Dulal in computer science and Mitali in physiology.

They look forward to finding a loving family for their embryos and would like to know the outcome but leave any contact after that up to the adoptive parents.

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Indian (northern region of India)
Number of embryos: Two
Year Frozen: 2010
Stage: Day 3 (Cleavage)
Age of Mitali at egg retrieval: 38

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Any
Age: 45 or younger preferred (open to older husband)
Religion: Any
Minimum length of marriage: At least two years (not open to single women)
Current number of children: One at most
Level of education: Bachelor’s or higher (at least husband)
Contact with adoptive family: They would like to know if a child or children are born from the embryos. After that, they leave it up to your family as to whether or not contact is maintained.

Wesley and Claire’s Embryo

It was a whirlwind courtship for Wesley and Claire – introduced by a mutual friend and married in a little over a year. During that first year, they enjoyed tennis dates, bike rides, sailboat rides, cooking in, and going out as well. They had a very active courtship and they carried that into having a family as well.

Six months into their marriage they were given a rare diagnosis of infertility and began IVF treatments. During the first attempt, they had their beautiful daughter, Sandra, but had no remaining embryos. So when they went to have more children a couple years later, they created more embryos and gave birth to vivacious twin boys, Daniel and Anthony. This time, they had some remaining embryos that they decided to freeze to try again with a little later on.

In the meantime, they spent time being active with the three new additions to their family. They enjoyed hiking and biking together and playing outside. The kids also loved spending time with their mom at Sunday School each week and Vacation Bible School every summer. Claire enjoys the time spent with the children since she became a mother at home. Before her time at home, Claire taught elementary school for several years and also spent time working in the Sales/Marketing Department of a technology company. Wesley worked as an engineer for several years and now works as a consultant.
When Daniel and Anthony were five, Claire and Wesley transferred some of their frozen embryos and became pregnant again – and just recently added the newest addition to their family! Knowing that they would soon be a family of six, they decided that they did not want to transfer their last embryo – since they had such success with the others and they weren’t prepared for another child! But they did want to give it the chance at life and really believe that you are an answer to prayer. They do not want contact in the near future, but would welcome contact from a child once they got older.

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: One
Year Frozen: refrozen in 2011 (originally frozen in 2005)
Stage: Day 5 Blastocyst (originally frozen on day 3)
Age of Claire at egg retrieval: 35

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Any
Age: 45 or younger
Religion: Christian (Strong faith, Protestant)
Minimum length of marriage: Strong marriage; rooted in God’s grace (Not open to a single woman)
Current number of children: Any, no preference
Level of education: College for both (Undergraduate degree at least)
Contact with adoptive family: Would not like contact now, but very open to future contact from child.

Kevin & Danielle’s Embryos

The embryo adoption process started a long time ago for Kevin and Danielle, when their triplets Ryan, Sarah, and Nolan were just 19 months old. They applied in 2002 and this is their second attempt to find a family for their remaining embryos and their children are now almost 11. They succeeded with IVF on their third attempt and Danielle had a rocky road with her triplet pregnancy, going into labor at 32 weeks. Although everyone made it out safely, Danielle and Kevin did decide that their family was complete with the triplets and Kevin’s older 2 daughters from a prior marriage. This decision left them with 6 frozen embryos to care for.

When they applied originally in 2002 they found a family who adopted their 6 embryos. The first family thawed 4 of the embryos. Unfortunately they did not become pregnant and after many years of deciding, chose not to transfer the remaining 2 embryos. Now there are 2 precious lives waiting for a family. If the remaining embryos produce children that are anything like Kevin and Danielle, they might be something like this:

Kevin is kind and considerate; he loves sports. His favorite sports are football and baseball. He also enjoys water-skiing, fishing, and hunting. Danielle has a great sense of humor and values the friendship of others. She recently picked up scrapbooking and enjoys jogging and reading in her free time. They both love the outdoors, whether it be backpacking and hiking or at the beach swimming and boating. They also love downhill skiing in the wintertime.

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: Two
Year Frozen: 2000
Stage: Day 3
Age of Danielle at egg retrieval: 36

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Any
Age: Less than 40 for mother
Religion: Christian
Minimum length of marriage: At least 3 years (Not open to a single woman)
Current number of children: Any
Level of education: Prefer college
Contact with adoptive family: Pictures and letter a minimum.

Sawyer & Emily’s Embryos

Fun, tall, and hardworking are all words that describe Sawyer and Emily. Coming together after Sawyer already had two children and had thought more children were out of the picture created problems when it came time to think about starting a family. However, Emily was very excited about children and after a few months of trying, they conceived a son on their own. Deciding to leave it in God’s hands, Sawyer and Emily went a few years with no pregnancies. Feeling like they just weren’t done, they decided to consult a fertility doctor and eventually proceeded with in vitro fertilization. After experiencing an unsuccessful transfer and becoming weary of the process, they decided to put transfers on hold. After a few years and Emily getting older, they finally decided to leave the remaining embryos frozen and enjoy the family they already had.

Enjoying their family came easy to them and they took up the hobby of boating as a way to spend time together. The children loved it, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins, providing a way for everyone to spend time together between school, over holidays, etc. This time is so valued, especially now that the oldest two children are working and the youngest is in college. However, the extra time has allowed Sawyer and Emily to enjoy life together and discover new activities that they can share as a couple. They are very hopeful that another couple will be blessed like they have.

As IVF patients usually do, Sawyer and Emily had tests done for infectious diseases. Emily’s Hepatitis B Core Antibody test result was positive and Hepatitis B surface Antigen was non-reactive. Regardless of the cause of this test result (contracting the virus, having a resolved infection, or receiving a vaccine) fertility doctors have explained to Snowflakes that if an adoptive mother has been vaccinated or is willing to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B, there is no risk of disease transmission. Some doctors are even of the opinion that even without vaccination, there is no risk involved. It would definitely be something to talk with your doctor about and the Snowflakes Program would be happy to assist you and your doctor with the decision to adopt these embryos.

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: Three
Year Frozen: 1998
Stage: 4 cell
Age of Emily at egg retrieval: 34

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Age: Mid 40’s or younger
Religion: Christian
Minimum length of marriage: 3 years, but flexible (Not open to a single woman)
Current number of children: 1 or 2
Level of education: College for both
Contact with adoptive family: The family would like updates and are open to siblings knowing each other.

John & Jane’s Embryo

Mutual interests are what brought John and Jane together. They met at work, John as a family medicine/urgent care physician and Jane as a medical assistant. They became friends quickly and worked very well together. They received encouragement from their mutual employer to pursue a relationship. After courting for four years, John and Jane tied the knot. They were married in a Baptist church by a coworker’s husband who happened to be a minister; although John was raised Roman Catholic and Jane attended a Missionary church.

John and Jane immediately started trying to conceive after their wedding, but one year later they remained unsuccessful. They sought an infertility specialist and soon found the issue: John had a condition called agenesis of the vas deferens and seminal vesicles, rendering him sterile. Fortunately, a testicular biopsy proved there was nothing wrong with the sperm itself. They agreed to proceed with a specific type of IVF known as ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection). They had three transfers but none resulted in a full-term pregnancy. Jane did become pregnant on one attempt but miscarried early. After seven years of marriage, several years of infertility pursuits, and other marital challenges, John and Jane divorced. They were unable to resolve their issues despite months of professional counseling.

After the divorce, the fate of their single remaining embryo from their IVF pursuits needed to be decided. They were not able to agree, however after nearly three years of challenging discussions Jane finally agreed to allow John full custody of the embryo. John felt immeasurably relieved and filled with humble gratitude toward Jane for her decision. John is now thrilled to give this embryo, this precious human life, a chance to thrive with a loving family.

John’s hobbies include the following (in no specific order): humor; singing; playing the guitar, piano, harmonica, and Native American flute; listening to nearly all types of music; downhill skiing; playing league soccer; the outdoors, including backpacking, camping, canoeing, and fishing; spiritual growth and development; personal fitness; traveling; cooking/grilling out. He is also interested in mission work and recently went on a medical mission trip to Honduras in Central America.

Jane enjoys socializing/social media, music, singing, reading books, fashion, travel, interior decorating, and cooking. She is currently in school to become a registered nurse (RN).

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: One
Year Frozen: 2004
Stage: Day 3
Age of Jane at egg retrieval: 31

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: No preference
Age: No preference
Religion: Open
Minimum length of marriage: Stable (Open to a single woman)
Current number of children: Prefer not too many
Level of education: College
Contact with adoptive family: Open to email contact but does not need any communication

Micah & Trinity’s Embryos

Micah and Trinity have had a multifaceted experience towards becoming parents – one that I’m sure some can relate to. Trinity was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and so they knew getting pregnant would not be easy. However, after several months of clomid, artificial insemination, and two transfers of embryos created through IVF, they decided that artificial reproduction was no longer their best path towards having a child. This led them to adopting their son from Korea, which was and is a blessing. Eight years later, Trinity underwent treatments for PCOS and they received a second blessing of twin girls born to them naturally. Pregnancy had its ups and downs – Trinity found herself comparing herself to friends and family who were only carrying one baby and there’s just no comparison! Despite trepidation, the twins were born happy and healthy and Micah and Trinity are overjoyed with their beautiful family created from all different methods. The path was windy, but they wouldn’t trade the family they are today for any other path.

Micah and Trinity have been together for 19 years and it definitely was not love at first sight. However, after some wooing over the phone, they decided to try dating. Although they had a slow start, they shot forward like a rocket. They were engaged 8 months after beginning their courtship and married one year later. They started their lives together building off of shared core values and interests. They are practicing Catholics who attend church weekly and are closely involved in church activities. They also spend time together on a mixed bowling league and watching their local baseball team. Micah might be a little more into sports as he also takes part in multiple fantasy football leagues.

This family is close knit and enjoys spending time together. They have come together in unique ways, but they hold onto their core family unit. Micah and Trinity are hopeful that even though it wasn’t meant for them to achieve pregnancy with these embryos, another family will be able to build a life around child(ren) from these embryos. They know what it feels like to receive the blessing of a child not genetically related to them and they wouldn’t dream of not giving their embryos and another family that same opportunity. They hope to have some contact with the Adoptive Family, and any children born, through pictures and letters. They have walked down the road of telling their own son about his biological parents and hope that any children born also know about their genetic roots. However, they will be the first to say that “it takes a sperm and egg to make a baby, but it takes some very special people to make a MOM and a DAD.”

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: Three
Year Frozen: 2000
Stage: 2pn
Age of Trinity at egg retrieval: 27

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: No preference
Age: 25-42
Religion: Christian/Catholic preferred
Minimum length of marriage: 5 years or longer (Not open to a single woman)
Current number of children: 0-2 children
Level of education: College for at least one
Contact with adoptive family: Open to photos, letters, possibly phone calls, but not open to visits

Kyle and Suzanne’s Embryo

Kyle and Suzanne met at an animal charity event before going on their first date at a professional football game. They were later married and have just recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.

While many things have changed over the years, their love of sports and other various activities has not. Kyle and Suzanne both enjoy watching sports, such as football (as evidenced by their first date!). Additionally, Suzanne is a well-rounded individual, enjoying many activities to fill her free time. Her interests range from travel and outdoor adventures (white water rafting, scuba, sailing) to old time radio shows and attending live theater. Kyle also enjoys many different activities, such as golf, computers and video games, as well as going to the beach.

They conceived their first child naturally, but then turned to IVF to have additional children, after trying to conceive naturally for a few years after their first child. Through the IVF process, they found out they were pregnant with twins! There was no trouble during the pregnancy and their twins arrived, completely healthy and happy; both now into their childhood, they continue to thrive.

Knowing that their hands were full caring and raising their current children with no extended family nearby, Kyle and Suzanne were left with a decision regarding their one remaining embryo. They eventually decided to place their last embryo for adoption because they believe it is a gift and deserves to be in a loving family.

Being adopted herself, Suzanne found her biological family later in life and was able to discover her family history and birth story. That information became so special to her, so she and Kyle would love to have contact in the future with the family and a child that may be born.

Embryo Information
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Number of embryos: One
Year Frozen: 2009
Stage: Day 5 Blastocyst
Age of Suzanne at egg retrieval: 39

Preferences for Adoptive Family
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Age: Any
Religion: Christian/Catholic
Minimum length of marriage: Any (Also open to a single woman)
Current number of children: Any
Level of education: College for both
Contact with adoptive family: Open to letters and photos and contact in the future, but it’s not necessary

Living through the waiting seasons in adoption

Our homestudy is done, we have a referral with photos and medicals safe in our file and we are simply waiting for the God-ordained time between today and the moment we either hold baby J as our own precious child or release him into a destiny outside of us. He is currently in a legal risk situation and the feelings I have range from absolute panic to simple denial and they swing widely within any given day. How do I invest my heart in the outcome without opening myself to despair should something shift and we discover that he is not ordained to be a part of our family?

Another almost unanswerable adoption question, but for today I give in to the hope and love that my heart has for baby J and trust that if he is to be somewhere else, my faith will grow deeper for having loved him(even from afar) and that he will have been blessed through my regular prayers and petitions. Praying passionately over babies and children I may never parent has become a theme in my life and the best way to make it through these waiting seasons. As a hopeful mom I can positively choose to intercede for a child who may have no one else who cares or knows enough to bring their needs to the one who loves then best, and my time has never been wasted.

Even as I type I am praying over baby J and all of the adoptive families who will read this as they are facing their own waiting seasons. May your time be filled with prayer and not consumed with worry.

Meet David Esaú: Waiting Child from Guatemala

One of the ways that Carolina Hope seeks homes for orphans from Guatemala is through photolisting – that is, placing an orphan’s photo and name (along with a few other pieces of information) on our website and at another photolisting website, I’ll post more about photolisting at some other time (it’s a controversial practice), but I’ll say this now: We photolist a child when none of our clients can accept that child as a referral (because the family is not approved for the gender/age of the particular child, or the family takes another referral, or no families have their approval yet from USCIS).

Today I want to introduce you to David Esaú. David was born in Guatemala on March 25, 2007. His single birthmother lives in a bad situation, and she has decided that she cannot adequately care for David – so she’s voluntarily placing him for adoption. Right now he lives in a private foster home. You can read more about David at our photolisting page for waiting children. He’s the first on the page.

I’m highlighting David because we’ve had him photolisted for over 4 months, and as he gets older Continue reading

International Adoption Education Resources



Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special Needs Kids, by Gregory Keck & Regina Kupecky

Attaching In Adoption, by Deborah Gray

Building the Bonds of Attachment: Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children, by Daniel Hughes

Can This Child Be Saved? Solutions for Adoptive and Foster Families, by Foster Cline

The Connected Child, by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, Wendy Lyons Sunshine
Karyn Purvis also has a series of short video clips.

Created to Connect Study Guide. This is free of charge to download.

Empowered to Connect This resource provides largest number of faith-based materials regarding attachment.

Facilitating Developmental Attachment: The Road to Emotional Recovery and Behavioral Change, by Daniel Hughes

“Attachment: The First Core Strength” by Bruce Duncan Perry.

Help for the Hopeless Child: A Guide For Families, by Ronald Federici

Helping Children Cope With Separation and Loss: Revised Edition, by Claudia Jewett

Holding Time, by Martha Welch:
Discusses how mother-child holding decreases anger, conflict, temper tantrums, & sibling rivalry & increases self-esteem, self-confidence, & contentment in infants through preteens.

Post Adoption Information:
Articles about after your child arrives home at

Therapeutic Parenting, by Deborah Hague

The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel




No Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Webinars
FASD: Risk, Development, and Intervention- This is an excellent webinar regarding the child with FASD.

Adoption Learning Partners Recognizing and Managing Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Fetal Alcohol Effects: A Guidebook, by Brenda McCreight

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Guide For Families and Communities, by Ann Pykowicz Streissguth

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders The Attachment Disorder Maryland website provides many excellent articles regarding attachment disorder and other issues related to attachment disorders.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network This site provides a Guide to Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.



The number of families adopting children who are HIV positive is increasing. There are many children with proper medical treatment are thriving in spite of their diagnosis.
Positively Orphaned: Advocating for Orphans with HIV Project Hopeful



Adopting After Infertility, by Pat Johnston.



Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know, by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi

Development of Language With the Internationally Adopted Child By Sharon Glennen, Ph.D

Harvard University Study of Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children

The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, by Sue Swartz

The Simple Language
These book and CD sets are available in Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and an Amharic version is currently in the works. You can see the details here:



The following are some helpful resources that address the special medical and developmental issues often faced by children adopted from an orphanage or from overseas.

Adoption Medical Guide
This guide is provided to all Nightlight families.Adoption Medicine.

An easy to read and excellent site providing medical information as related to international adoption.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Click on this link to learn about the health risks in the country where your child resides.

The Handbook of International Medicine: A Guide for Physicians, Parents, and Providers, by Laurie Miller, MD
Written for health care professionals but accessible enough for the ambitious parent.

Immunization Schedule
American Academy of Pediatrics booklet for parents of internationally adopted children. This is sent to all Nightlight families.

Post Adoption Vaccinations, by Dr Alla Gordina

Nutritional Supplements and Internationally Adopted Children

Risk and Promise: A Handbook for Parents Adopting a Child from Overseas, by Chasnoff, et al.
This is an excellent short book that addresses prenatal and other issues in an easy-to-understand format.



Are These Kids Yours?, by Cheri Register
Affirms the normality of families formed through inter-country adoption & explores the special challenges these families face. Ethical issues are also addressed.Beyond Consequences, Logic and Control, by Heather Forbes and Bryan Post
Ms. Forbes also has a website at : www.beyondconsequences.comThe Complete Adoption Book, by Laura Beauvais-Godwin and Raymond Godwin, Third Edition, by Barbara BascomThe Connected Child, by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, Wendy Lyons Sunshine
Karyn Purvis also has a series of short video clips that can be viewed at: Manual
This is provided to all Nightlight families.The Myth of the First Three Years: A New Understanding of Early Brain Development, by John Bruer

Parenting From the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel

Raising Adopted Children: Practical Reassuring Advice for Every Adoptive Parent, by Lois Ruskai Melina

Raising Great Kids, by Dr. John Townsend (Christian based parenting book)

Real Parents, Real Children: Parenting the Adopted Child, by Holly Van Gulden

Telling the Truth to your Adopted or Foster Child: Making Sense of the Past, by Betsy Keefer and Jayne Schooler

Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development, by T. Berry Brazelton

We See the Moon, by Carrie A. Kitze.
In this book children can ask questions about their adoption and birthfamily.



Many waiting children are older. Today, very few young babies can be adopted internationally. Here are some suggested resources for learning how to create a positive adoption with an older child.

Toddler Adoption, The Weaver’s Craft, by Mary Hopkins-Best

Toddlers: Love and Logic Parenting for Early Childhood, by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline

The Waiting Child: How the Faith and Love of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another, by Cindy Champnella
An incredible true story, honestly depicting the love, loss, suffering, healing and hope that come together in older child adoption.



Many families adopting internationally will be entering a transracial/ethnic adoption. In addition to promoting a healthy sense of the child’s culture and background, there must be an acknowledgement of the child’s racial identify. For those families adopting children from Africa, the child most likely will be seen as a black American.

Black Baby/White Hands
This book takes an eclectic spiritual view-point. The author addresses identity issues that any/every member of a multi-ethnic family may struggle with (even likely struggle with). He certainly doesn’t provide answers (per se), but he does provide questions that should be considered by families walking the path of transracial adoption. One parent who has adopted transracially and who writes and speaks on adoption-related issues, says, “I have found and continue to find Black Baby/White Hands a very, very helpful and needed book.”

Cross Cultural Adoption: How to Answer Questions from Family, Friends and Community, by Amy Coughlin, Caryn Abramowitz

**Culture Gram
You can find country-specific cultural information m on your child’s country of origin at The cost is only $4.00

Does Anybody Else Look Like Me?: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Multiracial Children, by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

I Don’t Have Your Eyes (a children’s picture book), by Carrie A. Kitze

I’m Chocolate/You’re Vanilla
This book is not about transracial adoption but is from an educational perspective: how schools can foster a healthy view of racial identity in a racially diverse and sensitive culture.

Positive Racial/Ethnic Identity, by Jeanne Lin

Kinky Curly Custard w/Jumbo Two Strand Twists – No More Shrinkage!
This is not the most professional video and is not the most interesting but the demonstration is very helpful.



The Out of Sync Child: Has Fun, by Carol Stock Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Integration Issues, by Lindsey Biel

Relationship of Learning Problems and Classroom Performance to Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration and the Child, by Jean Ayres

The Sensory Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior, by Karen A. Smith and Karen R. Gouze

Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center



Spoon Foundation
This comprehensive website provides many articles and information regarding feeding issues and nutritional concerns.

Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles, by Katja Rowell M.D. This is an excellent book that addresses eating habits.

Food For Thought: The Impact of Poor Nutrition In Early Development



The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed. Child, by Pete WrightLove is a Start . . . The Real Challenges of Raising Children with Emotional Disorders, by Donna Shilts
The true story of a mother raising children, adopted domestically, with neurological differences. Parents who have children with brain-based disorders such as Autism, Aspberger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity, Neurologically Based Learning Disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Clinical Depression or Bi-Polar Manic Depression will most likely find this very helpful.Love without Boundaries
www.lovewithoutboundaries.comNo Hands But Ours
This is a great website that lists out the typical special needs that you see among waiting children from
Rainbow Kids
This is an excellent site to learn about adoption and special needs adoptionReece’s Rainbow: International Adoption Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry
This is an excellent site for those seeking to adopt a child with Down syndrome. The site also promotes domestic adoption



Beyond Consequences: Haiti
This was designed specifically for those adopting from Haiti after the earthquake but can apply to many situations.Helping Children Who Have Been Sexually AbusedLayers of Trauma for Haiti’s Children
Although this was developed specifically for those adopting children after the earthquake in Haiti, much of the information can be applied to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma.Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma, by Deborah D. Gray
This is an excellent book—really books within a book—that every parent should read who is adopting a child that may have experienced any neglect.Parenting the Hurt Child, by Keck & KupeckParenting the Sexually Abused ChildShame and Attachment
This article described the layers of shame a child can experience.”When Children Have Been Abused”



“Coping and Difficulties and Delays as You Wait for Your Child”



Post Adoption Information
This site provides articles regarding issues after your child arrives home.Realistic Expectations the First Year Home
This excellent 53-page guide has many articles related to issues parents may face including:
Top Ten Tips for the First Year of Placement
Understanding Post-Adoption Depression




China’s Lost GirlsDVD by National Geographic. Join several families on the emotional journey to their daughters in China, and learn more about the conditions in China that lead to abandonment.

Chinese at a Glance, by Scott D. Seligman

The Lost Daughters of China, by Karin Evans
This is the very personable journey of one adoptive family, along with stories of other families and information on what leads to abandonment and adoption in China. It also discusses the plight of the Chinese mothers who have to let their daughters go.

Mei Mei Little Sister: Portraits from a Chinese Orphanage, by Richard Bowen
This is a beautiful book of black and white photos.

Silent Tears, by Kay Bratt
This book in the form of a novel explains the culture of abandoning children with special needs. Ms. Bratt spent several years volunteering in orphanages in China.

Wanting a Daughter, Needing a Son: Abandonment, Adoption and Orphanage Care in China, by Kay Ann Johnson
This book explains the political, economic, and social factors that lead to girls being abandoned China and may help parents children understand the factors leading to the children’s adoption.

China: Attachment issues as related to children from China

Families with Children from China
Offers many resources for those adopting from China





Held at a Distance: A rediscovery of Ethiopia, by Rebecca C HaileThere is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Her Country’s Children, by Melissa Fay Greene
A must read for anyone adopting from Ethiopia. This tells the story of a woman who overcame her hurts by caring for orphans.



Although these resources may not at first glance appear to enable you to be more prepared to adopt child, we at Nightlight believe that support, including support from your church family, is a very important part of getting the help you may need as a parent. Most likely if you are one of the first persons in your church to adopt internationally, you will be educating your church about the needs of orphaned children.

Adopted by God: From Wayward Sinners to Cherished Children, by Robert Peterson

Adopted for Life, by Russell Moore

Adopted into God’s Family: Exploring a Pauline Metaphor (New Studies in Biblical Theology), by Trevor Burke

Child of a King: What joining God’s Family really means, by Mark Johnston

Children of the Living God, by Sinclair Ferguson

Heirs with Christ: The Puritans on Adoption, by Joel Beeke (Table of Contents, Foreword, and Chapter 1)

Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament, by Christopher J. H. Wright

Longing for Home, by Andrew and Lisa Vander Maas
This CD can be purchased from:

Together for Adoption (T4A)
This is a fabulous ministry that brings together many other adoption and orphan ministries with the goal of linking vertical adoption to horizontal adoption.



Adoption as a Ministry, Adoption as a Blessing, by Michelle Gardner

The Adoption Network: Your Guide to Starting a Support System, by Laura Christianson

Christian Alliance for Orphans
This organization provides a wealth of information on how you can start an orphan care ministry in your church.Hope for Orphans



Adoption Learning Partners
To help families complete Hague education requirements, Adoption Learning Partners has courses which cover the required topics. These courses are offered individually or as part of a course package. The course packages are available so that adoptive families can take multiple courses at a reduced rate per course rather than paying the full fee for each individual course.With Eyes Wide Open, Margi Miller and Nancy Ward Can
This is an especially comprehensive program that covers a number of topics as required by The Hague.Because They Waited- Based upon the popular full-day seminar, Because They Waited, this is an educational program especially created to for those adopting older infants or children. The program may also be purchased and used by individual families through the Heart of the Matter Seminars webpage. It totals 10 hours of training and is Hague compliant (except for specific country/child information and adoption process information). Families are given their own set of DVDs to watch at their convenience. Successful completion of questions on the website will generate a certificate of completion.BG Center Online School, presented by Boris Gindis, MD and Jody Sciortino, LCSW
This is an online course that must be completed in 25 days and provides 20 hours of training credit. Bgcenter Online School offers courses, CDs, publications, presentations, workshops and other material that helps to raise awareness and prepare parents and professionals for addressing language, developmental and educational needs of internationally adopted older children. All information comes from licensed professionals, who work with internationally adopted children on a daily basis as psychologists, researchers, and speech and language pathologists. The on-line courses include (but are not limited to) Adopting the Older Child Internationally, School Readiness and Placement, Screening and Assessments, School Issues – Behaviors, School Issues – Language, and Hosting Orphans. Adopting the Older Child Internationally meets Hague requirements except for specific process and country requirements.Creating a Family
This website offers archived one-hour long recorded radio interviews with experts in adoption-related issues. If you are a Nightlight client, you can receive certificates after listening to certain podcasts and completing the quizzes at no charge.Realistic Expectations the First Year Home
This free booklet has many articles written by experts. It takes a while to download because the file is so large. This is an excellent resource.Post Institute, Dr. Bryan Post
This site has several EXCELLENT training series, and many difficult placements have been salvaged through families’ use of his strategies and the understanding/embracing of Dr. Post’s foundational work. In addition to the materials he has already created, he is working toward having additional material ready to address the “multicultural families” issue noted in the Hague requirements. Dr. Post is an internationally recognized expert in the field of attachment, the neurobiology of abuse and neglect, grief, loss, and effective ways to work with families who are struggling with challenging behaviors.Georgia Center for Research and Support
These webinars are free of charge. If you contact the manager, you can take the test and be issued a certificate—all free of charge. The information is excellent.

The topics include:
ADHD and Other Medical Impairments
Adoption Stories
Attachment 101
Blending Holiday Traditions and Understanding Triggers
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Developmental Disability-Beyond the School System
Family & Medical Leave Act & More
Families That Care
Family Bonds: Communicating Love in Words and Actions
How to Parent Traumatized Children
Managing the Medically Fragile Child
Navigating the IEP
Play Therapist
Post Adoption Depression
Review of Teen Language
Separating the Message from the Behavior
The Key to a Better Year with Your Teen
Therapy That’s Right for You
Understanding Stealing and Lying and How to Eliminate It



Adopt Shoppe
Unique Adoption Gifts, Books & Resources Joint Council on International Children’s Services
An affiliation of non-profit international adoption and child advocacy organizationsTapestry Books
A site devoted to selling books on adoption



Excellent article by an adoptive mom about dealing with her daughter’s attachment struggles



Although it may seem too early to start to read children’s books, collecting and reading a few of them can help you understand better what adoption looks like to a young child and how your child may perceive adoption. It can also make you feel confident about the prospect of talking to your child about adoption.
Adoption Activity Website for Children

Chinese Eyes, by Marjorie Waybill

At Home in This World. . . A China Adoption Story, by Jean MacLeod
For children 6-10, this book addresses how children feel and how to have meaningful adoption conversations

Just Add One Chinese Sister, by Patricia McMahon and Conor Clarke McCarthy

I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis
Written for young children.

Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz and The Children’s Museum, Boston
This book can help your family join in the celebration of Chinese culture and customs.

Waiting for May, by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Written for young siblings who are waiting for a sister from China.

Families Are Forever, by Deborah Capone
Find it at

Favorite Russian Fairy Tales (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics)

Horace (Reading Rainbow Book) by Holly Keller

Is That Your Sister? by Catherine and Sherry Bunin
For families with children who are adopted transracially

The Keeping Quilt, by Patricia Polacco

Little Miss Spider, by David Kirk

The Little Snowgirl
An Old Russian Tale

A Little Story About A Big Turnip, by Tatiana Zunshine (ages 2-8)

A Mother for Choco, by Keiko Kasra

Over The Moon, by Karen Katz

Seeds of Love, by Mary Ebejer Peteryl

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, by Jamie Lee Curtis

Three Cheers for Catherine the Great!, by Cari Best and Giselle Potter

Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies, by Ann Turner


Fostering Love Adoption Program (for CO and CA residents)

Boy Adopted “Mom…what’s an orphan?” five year old Natasha asked.

“It’s a child who has no parents,” Mom answered.

Without a moment passing, Natasha exclaimed: “I’m glad I’m not an orphan!”

What Natasha doesn’t reflect upon is that she was an orphan at the beginning of her life. She was born with severe, yet correctable health problems which overwhelmed her mother. She was removed from custody when she was just a few weeks old because her mother neglected to feed her. For the next two years she was in a wonderful foster home, and then adopted by a loving family.

Children like Natasha are in your neighborhood, and the loving foster adoptive parents could be in your home!

Of the 400,000 children in foster care in the US, 100,000 are immediately available for adoption. In Colorado alone, over 250 children between the ages of 2 and 18 are waiting in the public welfare system for their permanent family. The majority of the children legally free for adoption are school age.

These children come from every social, economic, and ethnic background. Abuse, neglect and other family issues prevent these children from living with their birth parents. The children available through the Fostering Love Adoption Program may

  • Be ten years of age and older
  • Be part of a sibling group who must be placed together
  • Be African American or Hispanic
  • Have developmental, physical, behavioral or emotional disabilities

Click here to view waiting children in US foster care.


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Nightlight Christian Adoption’s Fostering Love Adoption Program is designed for families interested in adopting an older child from the foster care system with individualized support from a private agency.

In the Fostering Love Adoption Program, single applicants, families without children and families with other children are welcome. Successful foster adoptive parents are: flexible, stable, mature, dependable and patient. Adoptive families should have realistic expectations of the children they adopt, have the ability to advocate for their children, and be able to work as a team with other family members, their social worker and other human services professionals.

Working with a private adoption agency for foster adoption has many advantages. Our case managers have small caseloads and can offer more individualized attention. Our staff has experience in facilitating older child adoptions domestically and internationally. Our training offers the most current and cutting edge information available.

Nightlight assists home study approved adoptive parents in creating a profile, networking locally and nationwide, and providing you with ongoing training and support.

You can make a difference in the life of a child waiting for their forever family. Your child is waiting to meet you!


Colorado:  970-663-6799 or

California: 714-693-5437 or

For the next Foster or Adoption training in your area, click here.


Hong Kong Adoption Program

Hong Kong collageNightlight offers international adoption from the country of Hong Kong through our Kentucky office. This program has just been launched by Nightlight in the past few years. We are very excited about this opportunity. Nightlight is working directly with the Po Leung Kuk orphanage in Hong Kong.

The following website is a useful place to start for reading more about Hong Kong adoption and the country: U.S. State Department page about Hong Kong adoption


Nightlight has begun a new partnership with Po Leung Kuk (an orphanage in Hong Kong) to place orphaned children into loving homes. We work directly with the Po Leung Kuk and are approved by the Central Authority of Hong Kong to conduct inter-country adoption. Hong Kong is a party to the Hague convention as well.

Po Leung Kuk is a small group home taking care of children of various ages. All children adopted from Hong Kong are considered to have special placement needs. Po Leung Kuk makes available a list to Nightlight monthly of waiting children. The Hong Kong program is unique because prospective adoptive families receive a great deal of information about the child they are considering including: medical reports from the time the child entered care; educational reports; social history; and as much information about the birth family as has been recorded. When a family expresses an interest in adopting a specific child, they make application with Po Leung Kuk to review that child’s entire file before proceeding with the adoption.


Children from 1 year to 15 years of age with special placement needs are available for adoption. Special placement needs may include medical health needs, mental health needs, or birth family issues. Some waiting children have moderate to severe special needs such as Thalassemia or Down Syndrome and some older children are available who have no apparent medical problems. To view waiting children from Hong Kong, please request a password here.


Hong Kong’s eligibility requirements include the following: married couples must be at least 25 years of age and may not be more than 45 years older than the child they wish to adopt. Applicants must be married at least 3 years. When it is a second marriage applicants must be married for at least 5 years. Singles may also adopt from Hong Kong but must have sufficient child care experience and a strong support network. Applicants need to be in good physical health and have a stable income.


Families submit an application, home study, and dossier to Hong Kong. Once the documents are received and reviewed, Po Leung Kuk sends the family a referral of a child meeting the family’s specifications. The screening and referral process takes about 8 to 12 weeks. If a family has pre-identified a waiting child, they will receive that child’s full referral upon submitting their application to Hong Kong. Once the match is accepted by the family the legal procedures in Hong Kong take approximately 8 weeks and the family is granted guardianship by the court in Hong Kong. Your family will then process the I-800 with immigration here in the US and upon approval of your I-800, Po Leung Kuk will apply for the visa and passport for the child. The visa is granted prior to the family traveling to Hong Kong so time spent in Hong Kong can be spent simply bonding with your child. The entire adoption process from Hong Kong generally takes about 12 months.


Both prospective adoptive parents are required to travel to Hong Kong to accept placement of the child. Time in country is approximately 7 days though this time may vary slightly. Families receive guardianship orders from the Hong Kong court and then finalize their adoption in the US upon return. Travel to Hong Kong is comfortable for most families as Hong Kong has many of the modern conveniences we have here in the US and because both English and Chinese are the official languages of Hong Kong.


Nightlight is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.


Hong Kong requires the first post placement report at 1 month after arrival home and then 4 quarterly reports in the first 12 months after the child returns to the US. This is a total of 5 reports to be completed by your home study social worker and photos of your family and your adopted child are included.


The program fee for a Hong Kong adoption is around $9,000. Additional estimated expenses of $8,000 to $15,000 will bring the total cost to approximately $17,000 to $24,000. Your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive scholarships or employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information please see Exhibit A. Please call or e-mail Lisa Prather, or at (859-263-9964) with any questions.

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Do you have questions about which adoption program is right for you? We have answers. Complete this brief inquiry form. It’s the first step in getting started with your adoption today!
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Have you chosen the adoption program you want to pursue? Then the next step is to complete the full-length application with as much detail as possible. The information is secure within the Nightlight database.
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To learn more about adopting from Hong Kong, you may contact us, call our KY office at (859)263-9964, or directly email our Hong Kong coordinator, Lisa Prather, at

Hong Kong Adoption Program Details

  • Program cost will range from $17,000-$24,000.
  • Children will be 6 months of age and older
  • Adopting parents must be between 25-55 years of age
  • Referral times will typically range from 6-10 months

More Information on Hong Kong Adoptions

Hong Kong Adoption Overview
U.S. Relations with Hong Kong
Intercountry Adoption Information on Hong Kong