International Adoption


The Hague Convention now controls adoption of children from other countries that have passed the Convention. The United States passed many years ago, but the regulations have only been in effect since 2008. The regulations are strict and require the origin country’s authorities to approve the adoption and produce the needed documentation. If the country of origin has not passed the Convention the rules can vary significantly.

Because some of the regulations are still being tested, interpretations of those rules are still being developed. For this reason, a great deal of care needs to be taken and the assistance of an adoption attorney can provide guidance and advocacy throughout the process.

Once you bring your child home, there may be steps necessary related to citizenship and to secure a birth certificate, which can be discussed with one of our attorneys during the initial consultation.  Additionally, a petition for adoption may need to be filed so a court hearing can be held.

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