Picking up from International Adoption FAQs (Part 1), the following provides some additional general information regarding the process associated with adopting children from other countries. By doing some research before delving into this complicated process, you may be able to expedite the adoption process so that you can start spending time with the new addition to your family.
What is a non-Hague adoption?
A non-Hague adoption, also referred to as an orphan adoption, is the process of adopting a child who is legally considered to be an orphan in his or her home country (because his or her parents have passed away, abandoned the child and/or are unable to care for the child). With these types of adoptions, the perspective new parents must have a written release that legally allows the child to emigrate to the U.S. Additionally, in general, the child will have to have been born prior to April 2008 and/or the new parents must have filed a Form I-600A (or I-600) prior to April 2008.
How do I qualify to be able to adopt a child from another country?
Regardless of whether you are considering a Hague or a non-Hague adoption, in order to adopt a child from another country and be considered his or her legal parents in the U.S., you have to:
- Be an American citizen and reside in the U.S.
- Be at least 24 years old when you file the Form I-800A and at least 25 years old when you file the Form I-800 (if you are single or unmarried)
- Have your spouse be on board with the international adoption and, as an indication of his or her consent, have him or her sign the Form I-800A.
Additionally, you will likely have to have a home study conducted by a certified specialist, you will have to go through the standard application process with the USCIS, and you will have to submit additional documentation to the appropriate agencies in the home country of the child you are planning to adopt.
Because this process is inherently complicated and one mistake on paperwork or missed deadline can result in unnecessary delays of the adoption process and/or the adoption being denied altogether, it’s critical that you work with an experienced family law attorney who can help facilitate the process and help you navigate through the complexities of the system.
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