Adopting from Azerbaijan

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During the period 1997-2000, state department statistics indicate that a total of 12 children were adopted from Azerbaijan by U.S. citizens. However, this small country on the Caspian Sea is receiving new attention, as more and more child placing organizations add Azerbaijan programs.

Double Check

As with all international adoptions, laws and regulations are subject to change. In all instances, adopting parents are urged to double check with to make sure the information they have been given is up to date. And for the details about the first adoption from Azerbaijan, don't miss "A Home for Inara."

We talked with Patti Ann Borgren who has adopted from Russia once, and Azerbaijan once.

Misinformation

Patti says her first questions about Azerbaijan led her to some agencies promoting an Azerbaijan program as being up and running, but which did not actually have anything in place, and others that provided incorrect information, including:
  • Ages of children: The youngest children must be at least nine months old at the time of referral. (Patti was told three months.)
  • In-country Stays: A total of two trips (7-10 days each) is required, 30 days apart. (Patti was told one trip.)
As a result, Patti recommends doing indepth research into agencies before you commit your time, money, and hopes.

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