The process of adopting a child from overseas is complex. International adoption is governed by both the laws of the country in which the child lives and the country in which the adoptive parents live. If the adoptive parents intend to secure immigration benefits for the adopted child, which permit the adopted child to become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, strict adherence to USCIS regulations is required.
Pursuant to USCIS regulations, at this time there are two distinct international adoption processes: the Hague Convention process and the non-Hague Convention process. Which process you will follow will depend on whether or not the country you are adopting from is also a party to the Hague Convention.
On April 1, 2008, the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) went into effect for the United States. It establishes important standards and safeguards to protect international adoptions for children who are residents of Hague Convention countries.
These protections apply to you if you choose to adopt a child from a country that is also party to the Convention. Your adoption will be known as a Convention adoption. It will be important early on to determine if you wish to pursue a Convention adoption. The U.S. State Department has prepared a helpful guide to international adoptions, available by clicking here.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Marcia Binder Ibrahim, LLC have helped couples adopt children from overseas for more than thirty five years. Contact us today to learn more about international adoptions.
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