How to Prepare before Adopting Internationally

After only six months, a Tennesse mother put her adopted 7-year-old son on a plane by himself on a one-way trip back to Russia. The child carried a note that said the mother no longer wished to parent the boy because he was unstable and violent. This sparked international outrage and adoptions to American parents were temporarily suspended.

Dr. Phil, along with developmental behavioral pediatrician Dr. Lisa Alberts-Prock, president of the Joint Council on International Adoptions Tom DiFilipo, and Sue Gainor, chair of the support organization Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption, offer tips on how to prepare yourself before an international adoption and how to get through the adoption process the right way:

For more information on bonding with your adopted child, read: 

Mending the Broken Bond: The 90-Day Answer to Developing a Loving Relationship with Your Child 
by Dr. Frank Lawlis


For more information on international adoptions and resources, please visit: 

Joint Council on International Children's Services 

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption 

Office of Children's Issues, U.S. Dept. of State