International Adoption 2017-12-28T11:54:05+00:00


 International adoption can be a wonderful way to build your family while opening your heart to a different culture and another country. AAI’s experienced international consultants will guide you through the adoption process, walking alongside you each step of the way.


Children placed for adoption from Bulgaria most often have identified special needs, are considered older, or are placed as part of a sibling group. AAI consistently receives detailed information on children who are eligible for adoption and we’d be happy to discuss how yours might be the perfect family and home for one of them.

Bulgaria is a two-trip program, with each trip lasting about one week. There are very few eligibility restrictions in this adoption program.

If you are interested in learning more about this program and about the children we place for adoption, please call Sally at 616-667-0677 or send an email.

About The Children

Children range in age from 12 months to 15 years; most children have Roma ethnic heritage; it is possible to adopt sibling groups; children with special needs are most often placed through this program


Married, heterosexual couples or single heterosexual females;
must be 25 to 55 years old and at least 15 years older than the child to be adopted

Time Frame

18 to 24 months on average


Two trips, each lasting seven to ten days, with approximately three to four months between trips


Many children with special needs are available in this program, and adoptive families are needed! Both boys and girls ranging in age from 12 months to 14 years are available. Children have special needs such as cleft lip and palate, congenital heart disease, limb deformities, vision and hearing disturbances, spinal issues, neurological issues, and digestive disease.

If you are interested in learning more about this program and the children available, please call Laura at 616-667-0677 or send an email.

About The Children

Children range in age from eight months to 15 years; most children have identified special needs


Married, heterosexual couples or single heterosexual females; must be married at least two years (five years if second marriage), no more than two divorces each

Time Frame

9 to 18 months on average


One trip, lasting 12 to 15 days


AAI has been placing children from Ethiopia into their forever families since 2006. Children are typically available for adoption due to extreme poverty or due to the passing of their birth parents. With an AAI office conveniently located in Addis Ababa, we provide top-notch services from start to finish. Children up to 15 years are placed for adoption through this program. Boys and girls who are 5 and older and those with identified special needs are more readily available. Children without any identified special needs are also placed through this program. There is currently uncertainty within the Ethiopian government surrounding the international adoption process. We are not accepting applications at this time.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, the children available, or the possibility of moving forward with an adoption in the future, please call Sally or Kris at 616-667-0677 or send an email.

About The Children

Children range in age from infant to 15 years; it is possible to adopt sibling groups, or two unrelated children


Married, heterosexual couples (must be married at least one year)

Time Frame

18 to 36 months on average


Two trips, each lasting five to seven days; or one trip lasting up to three weeks may be possible

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The total length of time to complete an international adoption varies, but on average can be completed within about 12-36 months.

International adoption fees vary depending on the country from which you are adopting. Total expenses generally range between $20,000 – $25,000, excluding travel. Please download a copy of our International Information Packet, which includes itemized fee schedules.

Travel to your child’s country of origin is required, and is an important step of your adoption as it begins the process of bonding and attachment with your child. In some cases, only one parent is required to travel. Length of travel and number of trips vary from program to program. Please click here for travel requirements.

Adoption Stories: Tim & MaryAnn

Our story begins in 2000, when we contacted Adoption Associates to discuss our options regarding Adoption. We joined the China program and were blessed when our daughter was placed in our arms in January 2002. Our son was 6 six years old and our new daughter was a year old. We thought our family was complete. There was, however, another plan for us. In 2004 AAI received their first waiting children referrals. A little boy with big brown eyes seemed to call to us. We knew he had Microtia and a severe hearing loss. We contacted our doctors, talked to friends, and prayed. We took a step in faith and filed our papers in May 2004 to bring our son home. Did we have all the answers? NO! But we did know we had room in our house and lives to love a child.


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