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I just read this article yesterday about a one-man humanitarian charity working out of Pakistan. One of the many, many things he does is take in orphans or newborns dropped off. In the article, it specifically mentions that it is close to impossible to find a family in Pakistan willing to adopt a girl or an older child. No idea how you might go about it, but here's the link to the article. Maybe you can contact the man in charge and he can give you some pointers?
Nation & World | Aging philanthropist is Pakistan's Mother Teresa | Seattle Times Newspaper
Also, while it's happened rarely, I have come across agencies specifically looking for Muslim families. I would probably pursue a dual course of action - private/independent domestic adoption and international adoption from a country known to have a significant Muslim population.
On the independent side of things, while it has not been successful for me, it is how I found out about two different situations in search of Muslim parents. So I would not dismiss this possibility, bc whether you are chosen or not is not based on an agency's criteria but the birth families. Many birthmothers don't care about the aparents' religion.
Having said that, I wouldn't put all my eggs in that basket, bc there are not many Muslim birthmothers placing their children (I just realized I'm totally assuming that you are in the US, so if you're not, I do apologize).
There have also been waiting Muslim chidren in the US foster care system. Again, not a lot, but I have seen them. I'm not sure what your age criteria are, but if you were to go the foster care route, you're looking at at least a grade schooler.
With most international adoptions, toddlers and up are available, sometimes younger. I don't know much about specific countries, but I'd research the Muslim populations of various countries and compare that list with a list of countries that have international adoption programs. My gut tells me there may not be a lot, but you don't need a predominantly Muslim country in order to find an adoptable Muslim child. Finally, and this is rather risky, some countries do allow for independent international adoption. So you could try that.
Having said all of this, these suggestions are based on the assumption you and your husband are looking to adopt a child who was born into a Muslim family. Of course, if that isn't important to you - meaning that you will of course raise your children in your own faith so who cares? - then I think the road ahead is slightly easier. As I mentioned, in independent adoption, many birth mothers don't care about your religion. And I'm just totally throwing it out there, but I would assume that a country like China, which is clearly not religious on the governmental side, should have no problem with a Muslim family adopting. But what I hear about China is that the wait is incredibly long.
There may be other countries where the family's religion is irrelevant. There are many Christian adoption agencies based out of the US, so you may hear a lot about them. But you can bypass them and look for strictly secular agencies instead.
Best of luck to you on your journey!
Feel free to ask me about our experience with:
~~ Private Domestic Adoption
.....fall throughs w/ 4 bmoms May 2008 - March 2010
~~ Foster Care
.....Baby VV 9/28/09 - 7/28/10 RU w/ mom 9/3/10
.....inquired on many waiting kids in US foster care to no avail Summer 2009 - Fall 2010
~~ International adoption
.....attempted, withdrawn November 2010 - December 2011
~~ Open Embryo Adoption
.....attempted Nov 2011 & April 2012, no take-home baby
Thanks to anonymous embryo donation, we are finally a family of three!
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