International Adoption

Adopting internationally can be stressful and expensive. At Dempsey Law, we’ll work to help you secure citizenship for your adopted child, choose an international adoption service provider, and provide insight into any issues of eligibility for international adoption. We’ll also customize our services to meet the unique needs that may arise during an international adoption.


Taking the first step in adopting, surrogacy, or ART can seem intimidating. We’re here to support you every step of the way. 

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We’ll Oversee Your Overseas Adoption

When you decide to adopt internationally, there’s a lot to consider. You’ll have to comply with state, federal, and foreign laws, which, at times can seem incredibly overwhelming. As a firm, we have experience with international adoption and have helped hundreds of families through this process. 

Even though every adoption has its own set of challenges, there are some common denominators that we’ll be able to assist you with: 

  • Connecting you with an accredited adoption service provider. 
  • Representing you throughout the immigration and citizenship process. 
  • Explaining how the Hague Convention works and identify the member countries and how that will impact your adoption.
  • Understanding state, federal, and foreign laws. 

What Are the Requirements for International Adoption? 

If this is your first experience with international adoption, it might be hard to know what to expect. You might also be unsure of the requirements to be considered an eligible adoptive parent. You must follow federal and state laws as well as the separate laws of the country from which you are adopting. 

There are things that each prospective parent has to prove to be considered eligible: 

  • Be a United States Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident
  • Pay the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filing fee
  • Pass a fingerprinted FBI criminal background check 
  • Receive suitable parent determination from USCIS
  • Complete international adoption applications 

What Can You Expect from International Adoption? 

The adoption process is lengthy and can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time parent. While every adoption is going to be unique, there are processes that are followed every time:

  • Choose a country
  • Decide on an adoption attorney
  • Complete a home study
  • Apply for eligibility
  • Wait for a referral
  • Apply for the child
  • Travel to the child's country
  • Adopt

We Understand International Adoption Because We’ve Been There 

We’re no strangers to international adoptions and are known for not backing down from the sometimes challenging international adoption process. Our work has brought hundreds of children stateside from dozens of countries around the world and into the homes of hundreds of US families.

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