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Completing Intercountry Adoptions Not Finalized Abroad
Provides an overview of Federal requirements that apply to adoptions of children born outside the United States by U.S. citizens that are finalized after the children have been admitted to the United States. It discusses requirements for completing the adoption in the parents' State of residence, receiving a new State-issued birth certificate for the child, and gaining recognition of U.S. citizenship for the child. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
Table of Contents
Requirements for completing the adoption
Acquisition of U.S. citizenship
Background studies for completion of adoption
Placement supervision and reporting
Effect of adoption decree on parental rights
Obtaining a U.S. birth certificate
Summaries of State laws
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2019). Completing intercountry adoptions not finalized abroad. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau
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