International Adoption

Are you an American citizen considering the adoption of a child from a foreign country?

If your answer is “Yes,” then this chapter has been written especially for you! As a father who has adopted a child from a foreign country, Mr. Gehi can personally tell you it is one of the best things that has happened in my life! The process of adopting an orphan from a foreign country is not an easy one. However, once you have made your way through the maze of complexities in the process (using the help you’ll receive from reading this chapter), and the day the baby winds up in your arms, you will be gratefully cheering, “Hip-hip-hurray!” I assure you that it will be one of the most unforgettable and joyous moments of your life. I don’t mind telling you that tears of joy came streaming from my eyes as soon as our baby was delivered to us.

In this chapter, you will find the basics steps in the orphan adoption process, explained in the simplest possible way. If you are considering the adoption of an orphan from a foreign country, this chapter will serve as a general guide through the process.

Please note: The U.S. recently ratified the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. In other words, the countries which have signed the Hague Convention will be governed differently for adoption purposes than countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention. See Appendix 8 for a complete list of Hague Convention Countries. In the recommended reading section, you will find a very basic guide for adoption under the Hague Convention. It is beyond the scope of this chapter to discuss the slight differences between the Hague Signatory Countries and the Non-Hague Signatory countries. However, the good news is that a qualified immigration attorney and a licensed adoption agency will be able to assist you in this regard.

If you are thinking of adopting a child from the U.S., the procedure is known as “domestic adoption.” Once you have decided that you are interested in adopting a child from a foreign country, the process is known as “international adoption.” Adopting a child from a foreign country requires you to comply with state laws, as well as the immigration laws of the U.S.. Here, our focus will be on adopting an orphan from a foreign country.

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