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    Thanks for your reply it is really good to hear positive stories when you are at the beginning of a possible long process. We have our names on both intercountry & local programs EOI. We would prefer to progress in the local program and it's hard to find people to speak with. I have heard mixed opinions on both programs. I recently heard that children in the local programs may have more severe medical conditions . We really hope we progress to assessment soon.

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    In terms of medical conditions for the local program you fill out a form about what you think you can take on. A lot of people go through this with a doctor. This is also something addressed in depth during the assessment. If you think there are certain conditions you could not handle be honest. It doesn't go against you. And it doesnt make you a terrible person to admit you cant take on some things. Our little one is absolutely perfect bright, funny and happy!

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    We have 2 overseas adopted children and the wait lists are long and getting longer for most countries (perhaps the new program announced for South Africa might be the exception but it's yet to be proven). Most states have families pre-approved and waiting to send files overseas but they have to wait until the files already overseas are allocated. In some states (ie: Vic) the Chinese Special Needs program moves relatively fast and "special needs" can be something very minor, in fact Australia will not approve the adoption of a child with severe medical needs due to the cost to Medicare/the govt.

    Costs are not necessarily prohibitive but the lower-cost countries (such as Thailand) have long wait times.

    That said, for families with a connection to a particular country it is the most rewarding roller-coaster ever

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    Here is the link to the state department responsible for adoption services in Western Australia.

    you will find FAQs and the reported number of average annual local and international adoption placements in WA.

    http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au/Fosteringan...tAdoption.aspx


 

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