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State Recognition of Intercountry Adoptions Finalized Abroad
Series: State Statutes|
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|Year Published: 2011|
Current Through May 2011
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This factsheet discusses the requirements and restrictions set by the Federal Government and by States that apply to adoptions finalized in another country by U.S. citizens. In order for a child who has been adopted abroad to enter the United States, the adoptive parents must fulfill the requirements set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the foreign country in which the child resides, and sometimes the adoptive parents' State of residence. Depending on the country, Hague Convention laws may also apply.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Full Effect and Recognition of Intercountry Adoption Decrees
Readoption or Validation After an Intercountry Adoption
Application for a U.S. Birth Certificate
Summary of State Laws
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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2011). State recognition of intercountry adoptions finalized abroad. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
This publication is a product of the State Statutes Series prepared by Child Welfare Information Gateway in cooperation with the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy. While every attempt has been made to be as complete as possible, additional information on these topics may be in other sections of a State's code as well as agency regulations, case law, and informal practices and procedures.
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