Want to know if the government can help with international adoptions?
Here are simple answers to frequently asked questions.
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Who is in charge of international adoption?
International adoption is essentially a private legal matter between a private individual (or couple) who wishes to adopt, and a foreign court, which operates under that country's laws and regulations.
Most international adoptions are handled by an adoption agency or an attorney.
Can the U.S. government help me find out about adoption in a foreign country?
The Department of State does provide extensive information about the adoption processes in various countries and the U.S. legal requirements to bring a child adopted abroad to the United States. The Office of Children's Issues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs provides brochures describing the adoption process in numerous countries.
Can the U.S. government intervene and help me with an international adoption?
U.S. authorities cannot intervene on behalf of prospective parents with the courts in the country where the adoption takes place.
What else can the U.S. government help me with in an international adoption?
The State Department CAN:
What can't the U.S. government do to help?
The State Department CANNOT:
Whose requirements must I meet for an international adoption?
To complete an international adoption and bring a child to the United States, prospective adoptive parent(s) must fulfill the requirements set by: