International Adoption Country-specific Information
The adoption laws and requirements for the country in which the child lives will vary. Age requirements, marriage requirements, income and residency requirements will differ from country to country and they change frequently. You can get up-to-date information on specific country requirements and adoption processes on the U.S. Department of State web site:
All countries require the adopting family to create some form of an Adoption Dossier. The Dossier is a collection of legal paperwork, similar to the paperwork needed for a U.S. homestudy. You will need copies of your birth and marriage certificates as well as other legal documents. These must all translated into the language of the country from which you are adopting and authenticated at the state level. The Adoption Professional you choose to work with will give you a list of the documents required and guide you through the process of creating your Dossier.
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