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International Adoption Agencies

Each year thousands of children are adopted by families living in a different country. This type of adoption is called international (or intercountry) adoption. In an international adoption, the process must satisfy the laws of the country in which the adopting family lives as well as the laws of the the country in which the child lives.

Types of International Adoptions:

Under U.S. law, there are two different types of international adoption: Hague Convention adoptions and non-Hague Convention adoptions. Both the Hague Convention adoption process and the non-Hague adoption process involve two basic U.S. determinations:

  1. The suitability of the adoptive parents,
  2. Whether the child's adoption meets eligibility requirements in order for the child to immigrate to the United States.

Country Information:

The adoption laws and requirements for the country in which the child lives will vary from country to country. You can find more information here:

Immigration Requirements:

Lastly, the adopting family must meet the requirements of the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). USCIS is Responsible For:

  1. Determining the eligibility and suitability of the Prospective Adoptive Parents (individuals) looking to adopt.
  2. Determining the eligibility of the child to immigrate to the United States.

You can get more information on the requirements of the USCIS here.

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