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What Do I Need To Understand About International Adoption?

If you are considering an international adoption, you likely have many questions about your future child’s place of birth, his or her biological family and the circumstances surrounding this child’s need for a home. Dempsey Law will assist you in making choices about an international service provider, educate you about the Hague Convention on intercountry adoption and guide you through the legal process of gaining U.S. citizenship for your adopted child.

What Are The Circumstances Surrounding International Adoption?

A common misconception about intercountry adoption is that Americans should adopt children from high-conflict areas or from regions experiencing devastating natural disasters. In many such instances, separated families are actively trying to reunite, and therefore adoption is not appropriate. In other instances, for whatever reason, a birth mother may not be equipped to raise a child and may choose to surrender parental rights. A reputable service provider will ensure that you are only matched with a child who is legally eligible for adoption.

What Challenges Do International Adoptions Present?

Countries have different regulations for international adoptions. Unknown medical conditions, malnourishment and documentation requirements may amplify concerns, though having an experienced international adoption lawyer by your side can help smoothen the process. When your adoption is finalized, Kelly Dempsey can assist you in securing U.S. citizenship for your adopted child.

What Is The Hague Adoption Convention?

This international agreement was intended to protect children, biological parents and adoptive parents through the process of intercountry adoption. Attorney Kelly Dempsey can assist you and your adoption service provider with ensuring that your adoption is completed in accordance with the Hague regulations and as they relate to United States immigration law.

Get Your International Adoption Questions Answered

For more answers to your questions about international adoption, call our Charlotte, North Carolina, law office at 704-251-2500 or our Boca Raton, Florida, law office at 561-489-2248. You may also contact the firm online to ask about other communication options, including email and Skype.