International adoptions bring their own special issues to the table with capricious foreign governments and the potential for developmental delays associated with orphanage care or poor prenatal care. The process can be long and unlike with domestic adoptions, you're dealing with a government rather than a birthmother. Governments assign waiting families with children and set court dates whereas birthmothers in domestic adoption select adoptive families themselves.
Nick Adde, who, with his wife Barbara, has adopted two children from Russia, urges patience to those considering international adoption.
"Mine your soul for every ounce of patience and flexibility you can muster," Adde says. "Expect to exhaust both. But nothing you have done or will ever do in your life will match the experience."