Wide Horizons For Children is committed to bridging the miles and the financial barriers that stand between adoptive families and waiting children. Waiting children need additional help finding a family equipped and prepared to parent them. You could adopt a Waiting Child and have them in your home in under a year. Financial subsidies are available for ALL Wide Horizons For Children Waiting Child adoptions.
Waiting Children are those children who Wide Horizons For Children did not yet have a family identified to match them with when they became eligible for adoption. Not all waiting children are pictured in our Waiting Children listings.
Generally, Waiting Children tend to be:
- Older children, especially boys
- Sibling groups of three or more
- Children with mild, moderate or severe medical needs
Advantages to Adopting a Waiting Child
- Family involvement: Most families are directly involved in identifying the “right” Waiting Child for their family.
- Fast: Unlike in the conventional process where you may wait on a list of families, these children are waiting now. You could have a child in your home in under a year.
- Flexible: Many countries are willing to waive or relax parent eligibility criteria for the hardest to place children.
- Open: Families not yet working with Wide Horizons For Children can receive counseling with an adoption professional and in some cases may be pre-matched with a child prior to application with the agency.
- Affordable: Adoption subsidies and grants are available for all Waiting Child adoptions. Wide Horizons For Children offers a $5,000 subsidy for each child and some families may qualify for a second subsidy of up to $5,000 by completing a Statement of Need. Guidance on how to access additional grants also provided.
Resources for Applicants Considering a Waiting Child
- Adoption Learning Partners - Helpful site with online educational classes about adoption issues. Recommended classes include Adopting the Older Child and the Tough Love series.
- Child Trauma Academy - Provide online courses and information that offer creative and practical approaches to working with maltreated children.
- Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation - A variety of offerings that help prepare parents and professionals for dealing with the behavioral, emotional, developmental and educational needs of internationally adopted older children.
- Love Without Boundaries - Excellent website allowing families to learn more about Special Needs Adoption
- RainbowKids - Information about specific special needs