Although Japan offers "regular" and "special" adoptions, and officially there are few restrictions on marital status and travel requirements, individual agency programs may be more restrictive. Special adoptions are the most common for non-relative adoptions by those not of Japanese descent. In 2011, U.S. citizens adopted approximately 27 children from Japan. Children available for adoption include boys and girls, infants and toddlers. These children reside in orphanages.
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Travel required: Yes; at least one parent must appear.
Convention Country?: No
Singles accepted: On a case-by-case basis.
Other: Children must be under the age of six at the time the adoption petition is file, or under the age of eight as long as the pre-adoption placement with the adopting parent(s) was made before the age of six.
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