Thursday

angelina jolie tries to one-up me

Damn that Angelina Jolie! Always trying to OUTDO ME! I mean, I announce I am having a 4th baby, so she runs out and adopts a 4th child! So obvious and sad on her part.

But seriously...

Can those of you who know more about adoption tell me whether it's normal for someone (Angelina Jolie) to succeed in legally adopting three children in under five years? Isn't the process of adopting a healthy baby or young child from another country generally fairly lengthy? Don't most people wait for years?

Or have I got this wrong?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

It really depends on lots of factors. Adopting from Ethiopia is faster than adopting from China.(Issues of supply & demand do come into play.) Also depends on the age of child, so longer wait for infants. Plus, I read that the Jolie-Pitts started this process around the time that Shiloh was conceived, so that's been more than a year.

lcreekmo said...

It's completely possible and anyone could do it. While we have all heard horror stories of adoptions fr some countries that keep children languishing and families in limbo for years, it takes around a year [what seems to be Jolie's timetable] to adopt from many countries. Trust me, the adoption bureaucracies in other countries -- nor the immigration authorities in our country -- don't care WHO she is. The process is largely behind the scenes -- paperwork on the U.S. and the other govt's side -- until the end of the process in most countries, so it's quite easy to see how it could seem quick when all we hear about is picking the kids up at the end.

Been there, done that. Highly recommend it.

Amy said...

It's all been said above, but yeah, it's completely possible. Especially since they've already done it once and have the routine down, although it's slightly different with every country (and depending on when the adoption takes place), and because coming up with funds for all the fees is obviously not a problem for the Jolie-Pitt family.

Dawn said...

Absolutely it's possible and it's not a celebrity thing (although one could argue that it's a rich thing since international adoptions can be expensive). Even the wait for a "healthy, white newborn" in the states is often exaggerated -- a person could adopt domestically three times in five years, too. It depends a lot on how they do it.

Anonymous said...

A coworker has been working on a Chinese adoption for over 2 years. It looks like they get their baby in about another year.

Anonymous said...

A coworker has been working on a Chinese adoption for over 2 years. It looks like they get their baby in about another year.

Les Jones said...

Someone I work with is adopting a baby from China and it's already taken more than a year, and it's not over. I imagine there's quite a bit of variation by country.

Clisby said...

I have read that length of time to adopt a Chinese baby has lengthened quite a bit over the past few years.

When China recently announced it was tightening its rules on who could adopt, one of the reasons given was that it couldn't keep up with the current demand, so it was getting more selective (no more single-parent adoptions, for example.) Whether that was the actual reason, I have no idea.