Due to the nature of intercountry adoption, i.e. travelling to and dealing with a foreign country, government, language, culture, medical systems, laws and customs, as well as New Zealand Government laws and policies, there are a multitude of things that can happen to affect applicant's plans. People who embark on intercountry adoption need to be prepared and determined to persevere. Some of the key risk areas in intercountry adoption are:
Policy and procedural changes
Change in eligibility requirements e.g. China banning applications from those who are obese (BMI Index equal to or greater than 40) or have certain medical conditions
A country may decide to place a moratorium on all intercountry adoptions because it has uncovered some abuse of the process
Changes can be sudden and without warning and for this reason some of the information in this document may not be relevant at time of reading
Waiting times may become protracted or applicants may not be selected for matching
Culture shock can be an issue for many people.