For international adoptions, wait times will vary from country to country. According to statistics, it generally takes from 1 to 5 years to complete an intercountry adoption. Transracial adoptions are when a child is of a racial background different to that of the family that is adopting the child. Inter-country adoptions are those where a child is adopted from another country. Foster care adoptions are those where a child is removed from biological parents and placed into the foster care system.